Asia Cup 2018: Shoaib Malik Finished the Game like MS Dhoni - Wasim Akram
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Asia Cup 2018: Shoaib Malik Finished the Game like MS Dhoni – Wasim Akram

Shoaib Malik, Wasim Malik, Asia Cup 2018, MS Dhoni
Wasim Akram with Shoaib Malik. (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes Shoaib Malik finished the game against Afghanistan like MS Dhoni. There were no expressions of any kind of pressure on Malik’s face and Akram believes that what did the job for Pakistan. In fact, we have seen MS Dhoni finish off the matches in a similar charisma. Thus, Malik was able to ooze the steel of nerves to take Pakistan over the line.

Furthermore, Malik was hailed for his perfect sportsmanship when he gave first preference to consoling Aftab Alam rather than celebrate his win. Thus, it was a fine display of the perfect spirit of the game.

Shoaib Malik, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018
Hasan Ali celebrates as Shoaib Malik hits the winning run. (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Experience has no substitute.

Meanwhile, Malik was able to take the match deep. He knew that he was going to play a key role in getting Pakistan to the shore. The right-hander made full use of his experience to score an unbeaten 51.

In fact, 10 runs were needed off the last over and Malik smashed the second ball of the over which was a half-tracker to a massive six. Malik was able to get a boundary off the third ball as he took Pakistan home.

On the other hand, Shoaib Malik was expected to steer Pakistan to the emphatic win as he has all the experience under his belt. The right-hander was awarded the Player of the match for match-winning knock. Furthermore, Malik also bowled four overs

Shoaib Malik, Wasim Malik, Asia Cup 2018, MS Dhoni
Wasim Akram with Shoaib Malik. (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Malik was a bit fortunate as he was dropped by Afghanistan gloveman Mohammad Shahzad when he was on just 11 runs. Thus, it was the difference for Afghanistan who fought until their last breath. However, Men in Green were able to win by the skin of their teeth as they won by three wickets.

Wasim Akram took to Twitter to share his thought. Sultan of swing post read as, “Experience has no substitute… Shoaib Malik proved it against a spirited Afghanistan. Did a Dhoni like finish … when Malik faced a bowler, he had no expression on his face and that frustrates a bowler because he doesn’t know what to expect… wonderful knock @realshoaibmalik”.

Here is Wasim Akram post:

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