CARDIFF: Former Pakistan captain and veteran batsman Shoaib Malik wants to make his 250th one-day international “memorable” when he takes on Sri Lanka in their final ICC Champions Trophy group match against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Monday — a game that holds the value of a virtual quarter-final for both sides.
The 35-year-old has been key to Pakistan batting since making his comeback in 2015 and would be the team’s linchpin against Angelo Mathews and co.
Malik admitted he was pumped up for the big occasion.
“To be honest, I didn’t know about the milestone,” Malik told ARY news.
“I am always committed to the team’s cause and if that is a milestone for me definitely I would like to make it memorable.
“It’s always important you do well for the team in all the matches. As a senior player you are always committed to contribute and do well and that’s my aim whether it’s a milestone or not. Ever since I staged a comeback in the team I have been doing well and that’s a great satisfaction.”
Malik said he felt satisfied over his career.
“Yes, when you do well, you look behind its satisfying,” said Malik.
“Now my role is different and I am given the task to finish the game at number five so I am ready to do what the captain and coach wants me to do.”
Malik seemed to be in-form when he came to bat in Pakistan’s disastrous loss against India in their tournament opener as unleashed a six before being run out and see his team reel further from the stands.
“I was shaping well in that game but it was unfortunate to get run out,” said Malik.
“It was unfortunate to lose that crucial game but we did well to bounce back and my role was to score quickly considering the Duckworth-Lewis calculations.”
Malik has scored 6742 runs with nine hundreds and 39 fifties in the 50-over format. He also has bagged 153 wickets with his off-spin bowling.