Pakistani Batsman Saud Shakeel Creates History in 146 Years of Test Cricket. Here is what actually happened. In Pakistan vs Sri Lanka test match, Pakistan continued their dominant form in the Test series against Sri Lanka, securing a comprehensive 2-0 clean sweep with a resounding victory in the second game in Galle.
The visitors displayed their prowess with the bat, led by an exceptional double century from opener Abdullah Shafique.
After Saud Shakeel’s double century in the first test, it was now Shafique’s turn to shine. Sri Lanka struggled to contain Pakistan’s batting might as they were bundled out for a meager 166 runs in 48.4 overs in their first innings. Abrar Ahmed was the standout bowler, claiming an impressive 4/69 for Pakistan.
In response, Pakistan’s batsmen put on a scintillating display, despite losing play on the second day due to rain. They amassed a colossal first-inning lead of 397 runs, reaching a commanding 563/5 in 132 overs by the end of Day 3.
Shafique showcased his talent and determination, crafting his maiden double century before being dismissed by Prabath Jayasuriya.
The left-hander’s remarkable knock saw him score 201 runs off 326 balls, laced with 19 boundaries and four sixes. As the third day concluded, Agha Salman remained unbeaten on a brilliant 132 off 148 deliveries, while Mohammad Rizwan was at 37 not out. Shan Masood (51) and Saud Shakeel (57) also contributed with impressive half-centuries.
While Shafique rightly stole the limelight for his historic double century, Saud Shakeel etched his name in the record books, becoming the first batsman ever to achieve a score of 50 or more in his first seven Test matches.
Pakistan’s tremendous performances in the series have displayed their strength as a cohesive unit, and their talented lineup promises an exciting future in Test cricket.
Saud Shakeel becomes the FIRST player in Test history to score 50+ runs in each of his first seven matches.
In the illustrious 146-year history of Test cricket, no batsman has achieved the remarkable feat that Saud Shakeel recently accomplished.
The 27-year-old has etched his name in the record books by becoming the first-ever batter to score 50 or more runs in his first seven Test matches. Shakeel’s impressive start to his Test career has been nothing short of exceptional.
Having played seven Test matches, Shakeel has amassed a staggering 875 runs in just 13 innings at an astonishing average of 87.50. This includes two centuries and six half-centuries, showcasing his consistency and ability to convert starts into significant contributions.
What sets Shakeel apart is his remarkable record of never getting dismissed below the 20-run mark in any of his Test innings thus far.
Despite playing all his Tests in the subcontinent, primarily in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Shakeel has displayed maturity and composure beyond his years. His scores of 37, 76, 63, 94, 23, 53, 22, 55*, 125*, 32, 208*, 30, and 57 reflect his ability to thrive in different match situations.
With such an impressive start to his Test career, Shakeel now stands on the brink of another milestone. He has a fantastic opportunity to become Pakistan’s fastest batsman to reach 1,000 Test runs.
The current record-holder is Saeed Ahmed, who achieved this feat in 20 innings. In comparison, Shakeel has played only 13 innings and requires a mere 125 runs to complete his 1,000 Test runs.