In the inaugural Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Pakistani cricketer Saud Shakeel achieved a huge milestone. While batting at number five, Saud Shakeel delivered an outstanding performance in the first innings and scored an impressive double century of 208 runs without losing his wicket. He faced 361 deliveries and muscled 19 boundaries during his appreciable innings. This was Saud Shakeel’s maiden double century in this particular format.
With this inning, he has achieved a historic milestone and he becomes the first Pakistani cricketer to score a double century in Test matches against Sri Lanka. Before him, the record for the highest Test innings played by a Pakistani player in Sri Lanka was held by the all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez back in 2012. Hafeez scored 196 runs during a Test match held at the SSC Ground in Colombo. Shakeel also becomes the 23rd batter of Pakistan to hit a double century in the longest format of the game.
Not only this, now Shakeel has the most runs for any Pakistani batter after 11 Test matches. This batter now has 788 runs to his name. Saud Shakeel has surpassed Abdullah Shafique, who previously held the record with 720 runs. Javed Miandad holds the third position in this list with 654 runs.
The Day 4 of the Test match has already started and Sri Lanka are behind the visitors by 50 runs. Pakistan was bundled out for 461 runs in their first inning. Apart from Shakeel, Agha Salman also scored 83 runs.