There is no denying that Abdullah Shafique has cemented his position as one of the most talented youngsters not only Pakistan has seen but also across the board.
The 22-year-old won the player of the match award as he led Pakistan to a historic victory at Galle.
The Cricket fraternity showered Shafique with praise for showcasing such maturity at such a young age. The opener fell cheaply in the first innings but made up for it in the following one where he remained unbeaten on 160 after facing more than 400 deliveries.
While leading Pakistan to a massive victory, Shafique broke several records and here is a compilation of them:
- First batter in the world to bat over 500 mins in a successful fourth-innings chase
- First batter in the world to bat over 300 balls in fourth-innings on multiple occasions before turning 23
- Highest score by a batter in a successful fourth-innings run chase before turning 23
- Most runs scored by a Pakistani batter after the first six Test matches
- Best average among Pakistan openers in Tests (min: 10 innings)
- Second-most runs scored by an Asian and Pakistan batter in a successful fourth-innings chase
- Second-most balls faced by any batter in a successful fourth-innings chase
- Second-most balls faced by a batter in a fourth-innings of a Test match in Asia
- Second-best average for any opener in Tests (min: 10 innings)
- Third-highest score by any batter in fourth-innings of a Test match before turning 23
- Third most runs scored by an opener after the first 11 Test innings
- Third-highest score by an individual in a successful fourth-innings run chase in Asia
- Fourth most run scored by any batter after the first six Tests
- 9th most runs scored by any batter after 11 innings in Tests
In addition to Abdullah Shafique breaking several records, Pakistan also made their way into the record books.
Here are some of the records that the Pakistan cricket team broke as a whole:
- Pakistan are the first team to successfully chase 300+ runs total at Galle
- Pakistan are the only visiting team to have chased 300+ runs target in Sri Lanka
- Pakistan have won the most number of matches while chasing a 300+ runs target in the last 10 years
- Pakistan have most 300+ fourth-innings totals in Test matches won in Asia
- Pakistan have registered their top-two highest successful run chases in Test history in the last two games against Sri Lanka