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Saud Shakeel set records during his double century in the Galle Test.

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Saud Shakeel became the 23rd Pakistani batsman to score a double century in Test cricket, marking an exceptional achievement.

Saud Shakeel etched his name in history during the first Test match in Galle, becoming the first Pakistani batsman to score a double century on Sri Lankan soil. His remarkable innings of 208 not out surpassed the previous highest individual Test score by Pakistani batters in Sri Lanka, previously held by Mohammad Hafeez (196) and Younis Khan (177). This achievement also made Shakeel the 23rd Pakistani batsman to score a double century in Test cricket.

In just 11 Test innings, Shakeel now holds the record for the most runs (788) by a Pakistani batsman, surpassing Abdullah Shafique (720) and Javed Miandad (654) in this category. He also became only the second Pakistani batsman, following Zaheer Abbas in 1971, to achieve a double century in the first away Test match of a series.

Shakeel’s double century ended a two-year drought for Pakistan cricket without a player achieving this feat in Test matches, with Abid Ali being the last Pakistani batter to score a double hundred on May 8, 2021.

Furthermore, Shakeel joined an exclusive group of Test cricketers by scoring fifty or more runs in each of his first six matches, placing him alongside legends such as Sunil Gavaskar, Basil Butcher, Saeed Ahmad, and Bert Sutcliffe. If he manages to score another fifty in his next Test match, he will set a new world record. Shakeel’s exceptional performances are solidifying his place in Test cricket history.

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