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jayant   |  2022-01-01

Shoaib Malik: Top 10 Fascinating Facts You Need To Know (2022)

Born February 1, 1982, Shoaib Malik is one of the best Pakistani all-rounders in the limited-overs format.

Malik started his career as an off-spin bowler but today, he plays more as a batsman than a bowler.

So today, we look at 12 facts from the life of the former Pakistan captain, Shoaib Malik.

Shoaib Malik: Top 10 Fascinating Facts

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1) Early life:

Shoaib Malik grew up in his hometown of Sialkot in Punjab

From his childhood, he started playing tape-ball cricket in the streets, and that’s when his interest in cricket got developed

He was less attentive in studies, and hence, used to get into a lot of trouble as his parents’ focus was on his education.

2) Formal cricket coaching

Even though he was playing street cricket, Malik started taking cricket seriously only in 1993-94

He took cricket coaching from Pakistan legend Imran Khan’s coaching clinics in Sialkot.

3) Early success

Malik first started as a pure batsman and developed his interest in off-spin bowling later.

As a 14-year-old, Malik got selected in the Lombard U-15 Challenge in 1996 and then got selected for the U-15 World Cup purely as an off-spin bowler.

4) International debut:

On October 14, 1999, Shoaib Malik made his international debut against West Indies at Sharjah.

Two years later, on August 29, 2001, Malik made his Test debut against Bangladesh at Multan.

In both of these matches, Shoaib Malik played mainly as a specialist bowler.

5) Resemblance with Saqlain

Malik’s bowling action was quite similar to the legendary Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.

So, for fans, watching Malik was like watching Saqlain bowl, and coincidentally, he made his ODI debut by replacing an injured Saqlain Mushtaq.

Malik played five games in that series and was the second-highest wicket-taker for Pakistan with nine wickets at an outstanding average of 18.11 and an excellent economy of 4.16.

6) Controversy over bowling action

In, Malik with his Saqlain Mushtaq-like off-spin bowling action, was quite an effective bowler in white-ball cricket.

However, the same action was suspected in 2004, which took eight months to get cleared.

7) An unique batting record

Malik is one of the few cricketers who have played in all the ten different positions in ODIs.

Other players who have achieved this feat include Lance Klusener, Abdur Razzaq, and Hashan Tillakaratne.

8) National captaincy

After a disastrous World Cup campaign in 2007, Shoaib Malik was asked to lead Pakistan in both test and ODI format.

In 33 innings as captain, Malik notched up 1,225 runs at an average of 43.75, but he lost the trust of the seniors.

In March 2010, Malik was given a one-year ban and fined PKR 2 million by the PCB for creating infighting within the team.

9) Career full of controversies

Throughout his career, Malik faced several controversies both in and out of the cricket field.

In 2001, PCB inspected his bowling action, and for the first time in his career, declared his doosra as illegal.

A Hyderabad girl named Ayesha Siddiqui once claimed that he had married her over the phone and then dumped her without giving him a formal divorce.

In 2004, PCB banned him for deliberately losing a T20 match for Sialkot Stallions against Karachi Zebras.

10) Other facts

  • In 2015, Malik retired from Test cricket and was out for a golden duck in his last test innings against England at Sharjah.
  • Shoaib, at the age of 41, is still one of the most sought players in the T20 leagues around the globe.
  • On April 12, 2010, Malik married Indian tennis player Sania Mirza in an Islamic wedding ceremony, and they are regarded as one of the most famous couples in India-Pakistan.

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