Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been part of many India-Pakistan clashes. Shoaib Malik made his international debut back in 1999 and has proved himself as one of the handy all-rounders and a big-match player. Thus, the spin-bowling all-rounder understands what it’s like to play against India and the stakes involved in such matches. He remarked that one worthy performance against India makes any player a superstar.
India has proved itself a powerhouse in recent months as they have performed well consistently across formats. The Indian team has an enormous amount of depth, as demonstrated in their recent victories against Australia and England. They will next be in action against New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final, which they have more than a greater chance to win.
Virat Kohli’s men will also fancy their chances in England this year, having not won a Test series in the country since 2007. As for Shoaib Malik, the 39-year old has a chance of playing in the T20 World Cup this year, which will either be hosted by India or the UAE. Malik’s last ODI was also against India in the 2019 World Cup as he perished for a golden duck.
The exposure that you get by playing against India is unmatched: Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik aims to give his best performances against India and acknowledged that his best performances have come against them. The veteran underlined that being one of the teams, a compelling showing against India is equivalent to four against any other top sides. Malik believes that performances against India are highlighted more and revealed to have enjoyed his cricket under Inzamam-Ul-Haq, who served as Pakistan’s captain from 2003 to 2007.
“Against India, my aim is to give the best shot but yes my top performances have come against India. No doubt, India is among the best teams and performing against them makes you a superstar from a star and one great performance against India equals four against any other top teams. The exposure that you get by playing against India is unmatched and the performances are highlighted more. I have enjoyed my cricket a lot when Inzamam ul Haq was captain from 2003 to 2007,” Malik told Cricwick in an interview.