Shoaib Malik, Pakistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Old horse Malik's last chance to put hands on trophy

Shoaib Malik's an important cog in the Pakistan ODI wheel and whilst his best cricketing years are behind him, Malik still has the capability to grab any match by the scruff of the neck and lead Pakistan to victory.

Saj Sadiq, Apr 23, 2019 20:49:47 IST

A veteran of 428 international matches, 37-year-old Shoaib Malik is heading towards the final stages of his cricket career and nothing would please him more than a World Cup winners medal before he calls it a day. An international career that spans nearly 20 years means that Shoaib Malik made his ODI debut before fellow World Cup squad members Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain were born.

File photo of Shoaib Malik. Reuters

File photo of Shoaib Malik. Reuters

A former skipper, a man who has seen it all, Malik has been there for the highs and lows of Pakistan cricket over the years. A member of the 2009 World Twenty20 squad that lifted the title at Lord's and also a member of the 2017 Champions Trophy squad that lifted the trophy at The Oval, Malik has been an integral and important part of Pakistan's ICC Trophy wins. Cool, calm and calculated are some of the qualities used to describe Malik and nothing seems to faze him. His experience and personality has been vital for Pakistan in recent times especially as he is a senior member of a largely youthful squad. He will be the first to admit that his form of-late has not been great, so much so that some were calling for him to be axed from the Pakistan World Cup squad.

However, Mickey Arthur has a deep respect for Shoaib Malik and considers his experience as vital for the youthful and inexperienced squad selected for this year's World Cup. Still able to clear the rope especially against the spinners, bowl some important overs for the skipper when much-needed and inspirational in the field, Malik's an important cog in the Pakistan ODI wheel and whilst his best cricketing years are behind him, Malik still has the capability to grab any match by the scruff of the neck and lead Pakistan to victory.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 20:49:47 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254