After his blazing match-winning knock in opposition to Scotland, veteran Pakistan batter Shoaib Malik stated that he’s having fun with taking part in the sport and credit his two-decade-long worldwide profession to his self-obsession for health.
Notably, Malik made his worldwide debut means again in 1999 when a few of his present teammates weren’t even born, however he’s nonetheless considered among the many fittest within the present Pakistan workforce.
Malik on Sunday confirmed his class as soon as once more with an astonishing 18-ball 54 to arrange Pakistan’s 72-run mauling of Scotland, their fifth consecutive win within the T20 World Cup.
It was the event’s joint quickest half-century alongside India opener KL Rahul’s 18-ball 50, which additionally got here in opposition to Scotland, as Pakistan stopped the Scots at 117 for six after posting an imposing 189 for 4.
“…Well, to be honest, I would say I have a self-obsession for seeing myself fit when I look at it in the mirror, and most importantly, I’m still enjoying playing cricket, and it’s helping, as well, at the end of the day towards the team,” Malik stated on the post-match press convention.
“I guess if you want to stay fit, then you’ve got to train every day, and that’s what I have been doing.
“I’m unsure about taking part in a 12 months or two extra years. Right now I’m in the midst of an important factor and never occupied with all that.”
Pakistan topped Group 2 in the Super 12 stage and will take on Australia in the T20 World Cup semifinals in Dubai on Thursday.
“(*50*) course we have now seen Australia, the way in which they’ve been taking part in. They have been taking part in actually good cricket. So are we. But in fact it may be a tricky problem for each the groups,” said Malik after scoring his first half-century in an ICC event since the 2009 Champions Trophy.
“It’s one other recreation, then I guess the opposite batters have made plans, execute and simply take it as one other recreation.
“…we have a few days in between before the semis, so I’m sure management will sit, our team is going to sit and they’ll definitely talk about and they’ll make plans, as well, for the semis,” he stated.
Malik was not a part of the preliminary 15-member Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup however got here in as a alternative for Sohaib Maqsood, who was dominated out attributable to a again downside.
“I was playing on the Caribbean Premier League when they announced the first team, and my name was not there. Of course, I felt bad. I was very disappointed.
“But I’ve seen a number of groups the place my title was not there, so in fact once you’re not a part of the World Cup workforce, then it hurts,” he said.
Malik had averaged 7.44 in 10 innings for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League to initially miss out on selection in the initial squad.
“But as an expert cricketer or as an expert athlete, your purpose is to speak to your self and one way or the other come out of that frustration.
“I had the opportunity because I was playing in the Caribbean Premier League, and then I came back, I played a domestic tournament because I still enjoy going to the ground, and that’s what keeps me going.
“Overall within the dressing room, the ambiance is very nice, and it is simply that we have to hold giving our greatest shot,” Malik added.
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