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  1. #1
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    "I always played for my team, not for myself" : Shoaib Malik

    LAHORE: While completely dismissing criticism over his poor form ahead of the all-important World Cup, veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik on Saturday said there were no out-and-out favourites for the mega event being staged in England and Wales.

    “All teams at the World Cup are strong and there will be no fluke and no team is favourite. Everyone has to struggle and under English conditions rainy weather may create problems for any team on a given day,” veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, whose selection in the World Cup squad has raised many questions mainly due to his poor performance of late with bat and ball, said while talking to reporters during a mixed zone interaction here on Saturday.

    The Malik, who holds a modest overall batting average of 35.12 in 282 One-day Internationals and has had a average batting record during the last year or so (21 matches, 506 runs, average 33.73), did not look happy with both media and former cricketers, for criticising him on what the player himself termed “non-technical reasons”.

    “I hope the critics will not carry out postpartum of the players’ [performances] during the World Cup on non-technical reasons. I have no complaint against anchors but against [some] former cricketers, who just focus on dropping or bringing a player on the basis of [their] liking and disliking,”said Malik, who as off-spinner has lost his utility of late as he bowled only one over in his last 11 ODI appearances since November 2018.

    He continued, “I don’t follow Pakistani media, so what it says about me I don’t care. The big thing is that it is my last World Cup and I am in the team and I will try my best to give my best for the team as I always played for my team, not for myself.”

    When asked his batting strike-rate was on the lower side, Malik had no relevant response.

    “On one hand, people consider me the team’s senior most player while on the other they also let me down but it makes no difference to me. I don’t like to say but we are living in a society where negativity has its role, based on liking and disliking,” the 37-year-old said without elaborating.

    “In 99 per cent matches of my career I lost my wicket while trying to hit big shots and when I staged a comeback in 2015 my strike rate was 100-plus which matched that of the most aggressive players like A.B. de Villiers and David Warner,” Malik continued.

    “I am also hearing that I am fond of captaincy and Sarfraz Ahmed may not be available [for captaincy]. These are just conspiracy theories. Sarfraz is our skipper and he will remain so and under his command we will win the [World] Cup,” he maintained.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1477501/em...e-at-world-cup


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    Why do our players always say this lol? Most players who play for the team don't even need to say it. Also playing for the team should be a given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Why do our players always say this lol? Most players who play for the team don't even need to say it. Also playing for the team should be a given.
    He said this as a response to possibly playing at 6 in the World Cup as Sarfraz mentioned he will be batting at 5 and Hafeez at 4

    Malik just said he doesn't mind batting at any slot as he has never played for his personal records

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    If he played for the team he would have retired a long time ago.

    Also, he's very touchy for someone who has been getting away with poor performances for a LONG time. Glad to see media is starting to pay attention to his poor form.

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    Uh bro postpartum is not the word you are looking for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose View Post
    Uh bro postpartum is not the word you are looking for
    Probably the author of the article is to blame...


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    Completely agree to Malik. He may be a poor batsman but with his limited ability he has always played for the team. If I am not mistaken, he has batted at almost all positions. He even had a good run at #3 when much superior batsmen like Inzamam and Yousuf chickened out.

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    He has played for the team in the sense that whenever he walks out to bat he tries to do what's best for the team rather than worrying about his personal record. But some could argue that he's talking the spot of a youngster.

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    He do best for the team like he don't waste many balls and get out early in the innings and don't make runs for himself. so any other batsman can come out and make runs for the team at good strike rate.

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    Nice joke, next please!


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakSarZameen View Post
    He said this as a response to possibly playing at 6 in the World Cup as Sarfraz mentioned he will be batting at 5 and Hafeez at 4

    Malik just said he doesn't mind batting at any slot as he has never played for his personal records
    I don't doubt Malik team ethic but don't like our players always having to say they play for the team.

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    Therein lies the difference between Malik and Hafeez, one plays for his country, for his loved ones and his team and the other kept many promising players away by hogging the #3 spot for many years and only recently swallowed his pride to play down at #5, and even then cries about being an opener.

    People only remember Hafeez in the 2017 CT a final in England but forgot how badly he embarrassed the country and the team as opener in the 2013 Champions Trophy.

    Whenever pressure has been on Hafeez to deliver in a big moment he has bottled it.

    If Malik can’t save a match he will damn sure avenge it.

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    Have to acknowledge it, he plays for the team and never starts tuk tukking to post some runs against his name when teams needs quick runs. I have feeling he will do a good job in this WC.

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    He has lost his mojo. I agree he never goes for milestones though.

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    I thought he played to experiment...

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    He is not a selfish cricketer. But honestly, I feel like his game is not suited for batting in England. Plus Haris, who is arguably our second best batter will have to sit out because of one of the 2 seniors.

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    You can't get to milestones if you're a rank average player, unless its a personal milestone where you average 13 runs per innings in England.... So is he saying he gets out for around 13 runs or less per innings because it helps his side???

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    To a certain extent it's true - he might not be the top dog with his cricket, but Malik never used his position or links to earn more than his share. He had been quite successful at No. 3 under Woolmer, and he was in damn good form between 2015-2018, easily could have asked to be slotted at 3 and cash the substandard teams PAK have played in that period. Also, could have snatched the ball from Sarfraz for few overs in UAE to establish his multiple facet credentials, aka all-rounder - won't have done much worse than PAK spinners in Asia Cup or against AUS recently.

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    such a poor player is backbone off our team

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    Speaking after rejoining Pakistan side:

    "I got a lot of confidence today as I had a long batting and bowling session"

    "From the management's point of view, they are giving chances to all cricketers so that they can get used to conditions before the World Cup"

    "These are the types of conditions which require time to get used to so credit goes to the PCB for thinking about having this series before such a big event"

    "I have said this before and this is something which is missing from career (stats) that my performances in England are not [as good] as compared to the rest of the world"

    "So having that in mind, I want to have good performances for myself and also which benefit the Pakistan team"

    "England are undoubtedly the number one side and when you are playing in their home then they have a lot of things going in their favour but this is also an opportunity for us to play against a good bowling, batting and fielding side"

    "And such type of preparations before going into a world event are necessary"


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    I don't think Shoaib played for himself, but he did beg for an opportunity to come back, when he was not international caliber.

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    Shoaib Malik is changing the face of batting he's about to demonstrate the broom technique against fast bowling over the next few months.

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    For the sake of Pakistan pls perform this time in England.

    One last time, Shobby...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mueez View Post
    For the sake of Pakistan pls perform this time in England.

    One last time, Shobby...
    I think he's played 26 or so matches and has only maintained an average of 13....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chokli View Post
    I think he's played 26 or so matches and has only maintained an average of 13....
    Will still do better than Faheem.

    I have more faith in Shoaib than Faheem.

    If Pakistan atleast wants to reach semi-finals, we need to have all the players firing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mueez View Post
    Will still do better than Faheem.

    I have more faith in Shoaib than Faheem.

    If Pakistan atleast wants to reach semi-finals, we need to have all the players firing.
    That's not really a tough challenge for Shoaib

    That kind of says it all though on how awful of a batsman Shoaib is.

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    If he played for the team hed have retired by now

    With an avge of 13 and his recent record its a disgrace he ll be playing ahead of someone more deserving

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    Another guy that would have been discarded in the domestic circuit of English county cricket by the age of 33. God knows how he is still playing international cricket


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