Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik responds to Wasim Akram's praise

Denzil Pinto 09:20 26/09/2018
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Shoaib Malik was praised by Wasim Akram

Shoaib Malik says “it’s a very big thing” to be lauded by Pakistan legend Wasim Akram after his match-winning knock against Afghanistan.

The batsman rescued the Men in Green with an unbeaten 51, hitting four and six in the last over to seal a tense three-wicket victory in the Super Four clash on Friday.

His innings was vital after Afghanistan appeared to be in the driving seat when 18 was required from 12 deliveries in their Super Four clash on Friday.

But Malik, 36, used all his experience and skill to rescue the Men in Green with an unbeaten 51, hitting four and six in the last over to seal a tense three-wicket victory.

Ex-left-arm bowler Akram, who took 502 wickets in 356 ODIs took to Twitter to praise Malik and the man himself said it is an honour to receive such glowing words.

“Well, if that is something that comes from Wasim bhai, that is a very big thing as he’s a legend,” Malik told media ahead of Wednesday’s crucial Super Four clash against Bangladesh.

“My goal is just see which bowler is bowling and see what he is trying to do. I just try to play the game according to the situation. My goal is very simple, whoever is bowling on that particular day and what my team needs from me, I just try to play accordingly.

“That’s the only thing I can do. I don’t make things difficult and don’t place extra pressure on me. Of course when you have played so much cricket, you get a lot of confidence.”

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