Srinagar: Pakistan rising star batter Saud Shakeel has become first batter in the 146 year old history of Test cricket to achieve the massive milestone.
The young Pakistan batters half-century in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, made him first-ever batter in the history of Test cricket to score a half-century in each of the first seven Tests of his career.
Left-handed batter went past the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Basil Butcher, Saeed Ahmad, and Bert Sutcliffe, who had scored a half-century in each of their first six Tests.
Shakeel jad also scored a match winning double century in first Test in Galle.
Pakistan were 210/3 in response to Sri Lanka’s 166 when Saud Shakeel walked out to bat.
The in-form batter wasted no time adapting to the conditions and soon put on an important partnership for the touring side.
He played a brilliant 57-run knock from 110 deliveries, hitting six boundaries before Asitha Fernando dismissed him in the 81st with Pakistan at 319/4.
With his record-breaking half-century, Saud Shakeel put on fourth-wicket partnership with Abdullah Shafique. They added 109 runs to the total which lifted Pakistan to stretch their first-innings lead to 153.
Pakistan, resuming their first innings at an overnight score of 178/2, enjoyed a fruitful opening session of Day 3 despite their captain Babar Azam’s dismissal as the touring side acquired a dominating 107-run lead.
Notably, Rain played spoilsport on the second day of the ongoing second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Only 10 overs of action was possible on an important second day due to persistent downpour.
Pakistan were 178/2 and had a 12-run lead when the rain intervened.