T20 World Cup: Self-obsession for fitness mantra behind Shoaib Malik’s long innings | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: At 39, Shoaib Malik remains to be going sturdy and the veteran Pakistan batter credit his long worldwide profession to his self-obsession for fitness.
Malik has been enjoying worldwide cricket for the reason that final century when some of his present teammates weren’t even born, however nonetheless he’s considered one of the fittest within the present Pakistan staff, succesful of profitable a match single-handedly.
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 Ok L 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 self-obsession of 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, end of the day towards the team,” Malik mentioned on the put up-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 enjoying a yr extra or two extra years. Right now I’m in center of a vital factor and never fascinated about 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.
“Of course we now have seen Australia, the way in which they’ve been enjoying. They have been enjoying actually good cricket. So are we. But of course it will be a troublesome 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 sport, then I suppose the opposite batters have made plans, execute and simply take it as one other sport.
“…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 mentioned.
Malik was not half 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 as a consequence of a again drawback.
“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 loads of the groups the place my title was not there, so of course whenever you’re not half of World Cup staff, 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 objective is to speak to your self and in some way come out from that frustration.
“I had the opportunity because I was playing in the Caribbean Premier League, and then I’ve come 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 environment is very nice, and it is simply that we have to hold giving our greatest shot,” Malik added.

2021-11-08 11:13:06
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