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Shoaib Malik

06 March, 2007

Short of wicketkeeping, there are few role that have passed Shoaib Malik by on the cricket field. He has batted in every position in ODIs since his debut in 1999.
Full name: Shoaib Malik Born :February 1, 1982, Sialkot, Punjab

Current age :25 years 33 days

Major teams :Pakistan, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Reserves, Sialkot Cricket Association

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style :Right-arm offbreak

 

Statsguru: Test player, ODI player

 

Batting and fielding averages
MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests 18 29 4 941 148* 37.64 2132 44.13 1 5 130 8 8 0
ODIs 134 118 16 3432 143 33.64 4456 77.01 5 20 287 37 47 0
Twenty20 Int. 2 2 0 31 16 15.50 33 93.93 0 0 3 0 0 0
First-class 72 110 13 2762 148* 28.47     6 12     35 0
List A 196 162 28 4859 143 36.26     8 28     76 0
Twenty20 17 16 5 606 88* 55.09 483 125.46 0 5     8 0

Bowling averages
MatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4510
Tests 18 1429 820 13 4/42 4/94 63.07 3.44 109.92 1 0 0
ODIs 134 4768 3551 103 4/19 4/19 34.47 4.46 46.29 1 0 0
Twenty20 Int. 2 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
First-class 72 9812 4890 163 7/81   30.00 2.99 60.19   5 1
List A 196 8064 5833 200 5/35 5/35 29.16 4.34 40.32 6 1 0
Twenty20 17 197 231 15 5/13 5/13 15.40 7.03 13.13 0 1 0
Career statistics
 
Test debut  Pakistan v Bangladesh at Multan - Aug 29-31, 2001 
Last Test  Pakistan v West Indies at Karachi - Nov 27-Dec 1, 2006 
ODI debut  Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah - Oct 14, 1999 
Last ODI  South Africa v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Feb 14, 2007 
Twenty20 Int. debut  England v Pakistan at Bristol - Aug 28, 2006 
Last Twenty20 Int.  South Africa v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Feb 2, 2007 
First-class span  1997/98 - 2006/07
List A span  1997 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2004/05 - 2006/07

Profile:

He began at Test level batting in the lower-order and was even used as an opener, astonishingly, proving himself to be an adept one. As an offspinner in the modern mould, everything about his bowling, from short-stepping run-up to the doosra, bear striking similarities with Saqlain Mushtaq (though not as obviously gifted). And the action isn't clean enough - he has been reported twice at international level - once in October 2004 after which he played primarily as a batsman for the next six months, before undergoing elbow surgery to correct his action. And he was again reported in November 2005, after which he underwent elbow surgery again in early 2006. But it is his intelligence and versatility that mark him out and make him so vital to Pakistan's future. After Bob Woolmer's arrival, he became one of Pakistan's most intelligent ODI batsmen, regularly marshalling chases from one-down, setting up platforms for big totals as a thruster, scoring runs in vital matches and being at the heart of Pakistan's ODI resurgence. He is an uncomplicated batsman, with checked drives and cuts and useful slogs when needed. Against India, both in 2005 and 2006, all these qualities came to the fore. Yet, he can still come in at number six as he did against South Africa in 2003 once and blast 82 from 40 balls. More significantly, he has settled at Test level, scoring a vital, match-saving hundred against Sri Lanka at Colombo. Injuries kept him out of Tests against England and South Africa but as he returned to the ODI side with a World Cup looming, his batting intelligence was again shining through. He is talked in private circles within the PCB, as a future captain. 

He began at Test level batting in the lower-order and was even used as an opener, astonishingly, proving himself to be an adept one. As an offspinner in the modern mould, everything about his bowling, from short-stepping run-up to the doosra, bear striking similarities with Saqlain Mushtaq (though not as obviously gifted). And the action isn't clean enough - he has been reported twice at international level - once in October 2004 after which he played primarily as a batsman for the next six months, before undergoing elbow surgery to correct his action. And he was again reported in November 2005, after which he underwent elbow surgery again in early 2006. But it is his intelligence and versatility that mark him out and make him so vital to Pakistan's future. After Bob Woolmer's arrival, he became one of Pakistan's most intelligent ODI batsmen, regularly marshalling chases from one-down, setting up platforms for big totals as a thruster, scoring runs in vital matches and being at the heart of Pakistan's ODI resurgence. He is an uncomplicated batsman, with checked drives and cuts and useful slogs when needed. Against India, both in 2005 and 2006, all these qualities came to the fore. Yet, he can still come in at number six as he did against South Africa in 2003 once and blast 82 from 40 balls. More significantly, he has settled at Test level, scoring a vital, match-saving hundred against Sri Lanka at Colombo. Injuries kept him out of Tests against England and South Africa but as he returned to the ODI side with a World Cup looming, his batting intelligence was again shining through. He is talked in private circles within the PCB, as a future captain.

 


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