Full name Shoaib Malik
Born February 1, 1982, Sialkot, Punjab
Current age 35 years 53 days
Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Barbados Tridents, Delhi Daredevils, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Hobart Hurricanes, Karachi Kings, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Reserves, Sialkot Cricket Association, Sialkot Stallions
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - Adeel Malik
|Test debut||Pakistan v Bangladesh at Multan, Aug 29-31, 2001 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Pakistan at Sharjah, Nov 1-5, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah, Oct 14, 1999 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Jan 26, 2017 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Mar 26, 2017 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Karachi Blues v Sui Southern Gas Corporation at Karachi, Oct 22-25, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||1997|
|Last List A||Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Jan 26, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Lahore Eagles v Sialkot Stallions at Lahore, Apr 26, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Mar 26, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|38*||Pakistan||v West Indies||Bridgetown||26 Mar 2017||T20I # 602|
|0||Karachi Kngs||v Zalmi||Dubai (DSC)||3 Mar 2017||T20|
|25||Karachi Kngs||v Islamabad Un||Sharjah||1 Mar 2017||T20|
|7||Karachi Kngs||v Islamabad Un||Dubai (DSC)||26 Feb 2017||T20|
|2/21, 6||Karachi Kngs||v Qalandars||Dubai (DSC)||25 Feb 2017||T20|
|9, 0/5||Karachi Kngs||v Quetta Glad||Dubai (DSC)||23 Feb 2017||T20|
|51*, 1/6||Karachi Kngs||v Zalmi||Sharjah||19 Feb 2017||T20|
|6||Karachi Kngs||v Islamabad Un||Sharjah||17 Feb 2017||T20|
|39||Karachi Kngs||v Qalandars||Sharjah||16 Feb 2017||T20|
|15, 0/9||Karachi Kngs||v Quetta Glad||Dubai (DSC)||11 Feb 2017||T20|
There is almost no role in a cricket side that Shoaib Malik hasn't filled, so much so that over ten years into his career, nobody is sure what his precise and best role is.
In essence, he is a batting allrounder, though he started his career as an off-break bowler. Partly the problem is that he is capable, as a batsman, of fulfilling many roles with some competence. He has had success as an opener in Tests and ODIs; he has been game-changing as a limited-overs one down and dangerous as a lower-order slogger; often he has been a stodgy middle-order bulwark. In Twenty20s, he can be brutal anywhere.
It is thus difficult to recall a definitive Malik high; was it his maiden Test hundred as an opener against Sri Lanka in Colombo? A few hands that led to an ODI series win against India in 2005-06? A Champions Trophy hundred against India?
His basic game is tight, especially in the subcontinent. He isn't pretty, though there can be pleasantness in his high, stiff-elbowed drives and lofts. Square on both sides he is precise. Further, he runs well. With his flattish, very modern off-spin always useful for more than a few overs and a wicket here and there - less so after concerns over his action - and an athletic and languid presence in the field, Malik should be far greater a sum of his parts than he actually is.
He was for long earmarked as a potential captain - the late Bob Woolmer thought him the sharpest tack in Pakistan's set-up - but a stint with the captaincy was troubled, unimaginative and ended badly. It got even worse when the board banned him for a year in March 2010 as part of its unprecedented action on senior players after a disastrous tour of Australia.
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?