Hafeez ranks number 4 amongst Pakistani openers


Sharjah: Muhammad Hafeez jumps to 4th position amongst opening batsmen scoring maximum 50 plus runs. He left behind Muhammad Hanif by crossing this mile stone for the 20th time in Sharjah. Shoaib Malik becomes the third batsman to not have scored a double century in any series or 50 runs collectively in any innings.

According to details during the Sharjah test Muhammad Hafeez scored an undefeated 97 runs and climbed to 4th position amongst Pakistani openers by scoring 50 plus runs for the 20th time. He crossed Muhammad Hanif’s record, prior to this Saeed Anwar scored 36, Mudasar Nazar 24, and Taufiq Umer 21 half centuries. As an opener Muhammad Hafeez has scored 3186 runs with an average of 40.80 which includes 8 centuries and 12 fifties.

Shoaib Malik became the third batsman who was unable to score a double century in any of the series and neither could he score 50 plus in any of the innings collectively. While playing an innings of 245 runs in Dubai he was able to score 47 runs in 5 innings. Earlier the Proteas batsman Gary Kirsten was able to score 210 runs and 47 runs in 7 innings. English batsman Bill Edrich while playing against the Proteas could score only 21 runs in 5 innings but in the end he bagged a double century.

Shoaib Malik is the 15th batsman who has scored a double century and twice been out without scoring in a single series. Earlier Jacques Kallis faced the same situation while playing against Sri Lanka for the last time in 2011. In Sharjah 4 English batsmen scored more than 40 runs but were unable to complete their half centuries. In 1978 while facing Australia the Indian batsmen Sunil Gavaskar, Chetan Sharma, Dilip Vengsarkar and Syed Kirmani were the ones who had lost hopes facing such a situation.