Shoaib Malik becomes first Asian to reach 10,000-runs milestone in T20 cricket

Faizan Lakhani

Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik on Saturday created history by becoming the first Asian cricketer to complete 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.

Malik reached this milestone during his knock of 74 off 44 balls for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against Balochistan in a National T20 Cup match in Rawalpindi.

The 38-year-old is only the third cricketer ever to reach the milestone after West Indian duo of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard.

Gayle leads the list with 13,296 runs while Pollard has 10,370 runs to his credit.

The next Asian batsman in leading T20 runs scorers list is India’s Virat Kohli who has 9,033 runs in shortest format of professional cricket.

Malik played 395th T20 match of his career on Saturday - the most by any Asian. He needs to play five more to become only the fourth cricketer in the world to play 400 T20s.

Shoaib Malik becomes first Asian to reach 10,000-runs mark in T20 cricket