T20 World Cup 2021: Self fixation for fitness mantra behind Shoaib Malik’s long innings

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At 39, Shoaib Malik is still going strong and the veteran Pakistan batter credits his long global profession to his self obsession for physical fitness.

Malik has actually been playing global cricket since the last century when some of his current colleagues were not even born, but still he is concerned as one of the fittest in the present Pakistan group, efficient in winning a match solitarily.

Malik on Sunday revealed his class once again with an amazing 18-ball 54 to establish Pakistan’s 72-run mauling of Scotland, their 5th successive win in the T20 World Cup.

It was the tournament’s joint fastest half-century together with India opener K L Rahul’s 18-ball 50, which likewise came versus Scotland, as Pakistan stopped the Scots at 117 for six after publishing an enforcing 189 for 4.

“… Well, to be sincere, I would say I have self-obsession of seeing myself fit when I look at it in the mirror, and most notably I’m still taking pleasure in playing cricket, and it’s assisting, too, end of the day towards the team,” Malik stated at the post-match interview.

“I guess if you want to remain fit, then you have actually got to train every day, which’s what I have been doing.

“I’m unsure about playing a year more or 2 more years. Right now I’m in middle of a very crucial thing and not considering 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.

“Obviously we have actually seen Australia, the way they have actually been playing. They have been playing really good cricket. So are we. However obviously it’s going to be a difficult obstacle for both the groups,” stated Malik after scoring his very first half-century in an ICC occasion given that the 2009 Champions Prize.

“It’s another video game, then I think the other batters have actually made strategies, execute and just take it as another video game.

“… we have a few days in between prior to the semis, so I make certain management will sit, our team is going to sit and they’ll certainly discuss and they’ll make strategies, too, for the semis,” he said.

Malik was not part of the initial 15-member Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup however can be found in as a replacement for Sohaib Maqsood, who was dismissed due to a back issue.

“I was using the Caribbean Premier League when they announced the very first group, and my name was not there. Of course I felt bad. I was really disappointed.

“However I’ve seen a great deal of the teams where my name was not there, so naturally when you’re not part of World Cup team, then it hurts,” he said.

Malik had averaged 7.44 in 10 innings for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League to initially lose out on choice in the preliminary squad.

“But as a professional cricketer or as an expert athlete your objective is to speak to yourself and somehow come out from that aggravation.

“I had the chance due to the fact that I was playing in the Caribbean Premier League, and then I’ve returned, I played a domestic tournament due to the fact that I still take pleasure in going to the ground, and that’s what keeps me going.

“Overall in the dressing room, the atmosphere is actually nice, and it’s simply that we need to keep providing our finest shot,” Malik added.

Released at Sun, 07 Nov 2021 23:57:59 -0600