Pakistan Cricket team, also known as the Shaheens or Men in Green, started their history with cricket on November 22nd in 1935 on the ground of Karachi, playing their first match against Australia, and then played their first Test Match on the 16th of October, 1952 against India in Delhi. Since then, this team has been through many ups and downs and made many records in international cricket. Here we will discuss some of the Top 10 records they set up.
1. Mohammad Rizwan scores most T20I runs in a single calendar year.
The Wicket Keeper Batsman from Pakistan in 2021 made 1,326 T20 International runs, setting up the record for the most runs in a single calendar year in Men’s T20I. He played 29 matches with an average of 73.66, having a strike rate of 135 with 12 50s and one century.
2. Fastest Delivery of a Cricket Ball in International cricket by Shoaib Akhtar
On the April of 27th in 2002, Pakistan’s pacer recorded 161.3 kph or 100 mph in an ODI fixture against New Zealand in Lahore, setting the world record for the fastest delivery of a cricket ball. Also, on many occasions, this pacer touched 160 kph.
3. Most Watched Cricket T20I fixture- India vs. Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2021
On the October of 24th in 2021, both the rivals India and Pakistan set up a record of Most Watched cricket fixture in T20I format when both the teams played in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai. However, Pakistan who won this match and ended a 28-year-old losing streak against India. Reportedly 167 million viewed that match on the OTT platform.
4. Fastest delivery of a cricket ball in international cricket by a spinner from Shahid Afridi
One of the best all-rounders of all time and former Pakistan Cricket Team Captain Shahid Afridi holds the record of bowling the fastest ball as a spinner in international cricket. He recorded a ball of 134 kph while bowling to Tim Southee in a T20I fixture against New Zealand, setting up the record for the fastest ball ever bowled by a spinner to the current date.
5. World Record for Biggest Sixer in International Cricket
Reportedly Pakistan’s star All Rounder Shahid Afridi is the only cricketer who has hit a six more than 150 meters. He struck this six in an ODI fixture against South Africa of 158 meters at Johannesburg in 2013, holding the record for the longest six in cricket unofficially.
6. Most Sixes in ODI Career by Shahid Afridi
This Pinch-hitter Batsman also holds the record for Most sixes in his entire ODI cricket career. He played 398 ODI’s in his career and struck 351 sixes and 8,604 runs with an average of 23.58 and a strike rate of 117 with the highest score of 124.
7. World’s Tallest International Cricketer- Mohammad Irfan
This one is an unorthodox record set up by the Pakistan Cricket Team, producing the world’s tallest cricketer of a height over 7 feet or 216 cm, Mohammad Irfan. He represented his country in all three formats of the game as a left-arm quick bowler known for his Height.
8. Most T20I’s Win in a single calendar Year
In December 2021, Pakistan became the first team in cricket history to win most no. of T20I games in a single calendar year. They won 18 T20I games, surpassing their previous record after defeating West Indies in Karachi.
9. Highest No. of 5 Wicket Hauls in One Day International Cricket
Pakistan’ Former Left-arm quick bowler holds the record for the most no. of 5 Wickets in One Day International Cricket. He played 262 ODI matches and took 416 wickets with 13 times taking 5 wickets in a single match, setting up a new record in world cricket.
10. First Ever One Day International Hat Trick
Pakistan’s Jalal-Ud-Din was the first bowler who took a hat-trick in an ODI game in September of 1982 playing against Australia in Hyderabad, India.