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Pakistan's Shoaib Malik joins elite list after achieving rare ODI double

Malik, who has been playing for nearly two decades, achieved this feat in his 266th ODI match against Zimbabwe. 

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: July 22, 2018 19:04 IST ]
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Shoaib Malik became the second Pakistan player and 7th overall to reach the 7000 run-150 wicket double at the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. The veteran achieved this ' rare' double in the fifth and final ODI of the five-match series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. 

The all-rounder joins an elite group of 7 players to achieve the rare double in One Day International cricket. Malik, who has been playing for nearly two decades, achieved this feat in his 266th ODI match. 

After former skipper Shahid Afridi, Malik became the second Pakistani player to script his name in the history books. Amongst the 7 cricket players which consists of the all-time greats of the sport, Malik reaches the double in the fewest matches than the others which include the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle, Steve Waugh, Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis and Afridi. 

Player Team Matches  Runs 100's Wickets 5WIs
Steve Waugh Australia  325 7,569 3 195 -
Sachin Tendulkar India 463 18,426 49 154 2
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 445 13,430 28 323 4
Jacques Kallis South Africa 328 11,579 17 273 2
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 398 8,064 6 395 9
Chris Gayle West Indies 281 9,585 23 165 1
Shoaib Malik Pakistan 266 7015 9 156 -

The veteran began his professional career as an off-spinner and gradually made his way up the order after his hard-hitting knock won Pakistan several matches. 

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In other formats of the game, Malik retired from Test cricket in 2015, playing 35 matches which includes three tons, a highest score of 245 with a strike rate of 45.68. Whereas in the shortest format of the game, the 36-year old has played 103 T20Is where he has slammed 2121 runs, becoming the third player after New Zealand Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to reach the 2,000 run mark last month. 

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