Pakistan lost to Australia by 360 runs in the first Test of the series in Perth today. Shaan Masood’s team was devastated, Pakistan were all out for just 89 runs in the fourth innings after falling short of the target of 450 runs.
There is no point in trying to calculate who did better in such a miserable performance. However, Saud Shakeel, who scored the highest run (24) in the second innings for Pakistan, has become a world record. Of course, after hearing what the world record is, you may think – it is also a record!
What is the record? Shakil’s innings, who came out to play only his eighth Test, was the 15th of his short career. With today’s innings of 24 runs, Shakil scored at least 20 runs in each of these 15 innings. That’s the world record – no one else had the feat of scoring at least 20 runs in all the first 15 innings of a career in the 146-year history of Tests!
Earlier, West Indies legend Sir Everton Weeks had the record of 20 or more runs in 14 consecutive innings at the beginning of his career.
Shakil had set a world record earlier in his short career. Shakil’s innings of 57 on the third day of the Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July was also his unbeaten 208 in the first Test of the series. That 57-run innings set a world record – the first batsman in Test history to score at least one fifty in each of the first 7 Tests of his career. In that feat, Shakil surpassed Sunil Gavaskar, Basil Butcher, Saeed Ahmad and Bart Sutcliffe (6 Tests).