T20 World Cup: Malik’s Pakistan morale ‘excessive’ earlier than Namibia

Pakistans Shoaib Malik (L) plays a shot as Afghanistans wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad watches during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 29, 2021. — AFP/File
Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (L) performs a shot as Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad watches through the ICC Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 29, 2021. — AFP/File

ABU DHABI: Pakistan’s morale is “high” after final month’s win over India forward of this week’s Twenty20 World Cup match towards Namibia in Abu Dhabi, veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik mentioned on Monday.

Pakistan have raced to 3 wins in as many video games beginning with a powerful ten-wicket opening fixture victory over arch-rivals India adopted by New Zealand and Afghanistan.

They want one other win to qualify for the semi-finals from Group 2 of the Super 12 stage.

“The morale in the camp is high,” mentioned 39-year-old Malik earlier than Tuesday’s assembly.

“When you win games, the confidence level is quite high in the dressing room. Everyone is looking forward to playing the rest of the games we have left in the tournament.

“When you begin your event towards a giant crew (India) and then you definately win that sport, then every thing is available in your dressing room.”

Malik, whose tennis star wife Sania Mirza is from India, refused to comment on their arch-rival’s abysmal show in the event, saying “we’re targeted on our personal efficiency and never wanting round.”

Malik praised the intensity in the set-up.

“Obviously whenever you begin the event, the purpose is to offer your greatest shot as a crew,” he said.

“But since I’ve joined the crew, I’ve seen Pakistan groups practise classes and the best way they’ve been coping with stress from the world till now, it has been exceptionally nicely,” he added.

Pakistan have never played a Twenty20 international against Namibia while they won the only ODI between the two sides in the 2003 World Cup (50 overs) with a 171-run margin in South Africa.

But Malik said Namibia, who qualified from the first round and have beaten Scotland, will not be taken lightly.

“To be trustworthy, we aren’t pondering any completely different as a result of T20 format is the place you possibly can’t take the opposition evenly,” he said.

“And we’re totally assured, so we’re wanting ahead for the sport.”

Pakistan have played the same eleven in all three games but considering a relatively easier opponent, ranked 15th in the world in the format, they could rotate their side.

Malik admitted bio-secure confinement for the players in the Covid-19 restriction is a challenge.

“Bubble life, it is a powerful factor, particularly whenever you’re like enjoying plenty of back-to-back collection,” he said.

“And being in a bubble, it is not a simple factor to undergo. But the nice factor is that our households are with us. We’ve been spending plenty of time collectively as households, as teammates. So it is a good factor.

“But when your goal is to achieve something in life, then you have to go through hard yards, and we have that in our mind. And we are only focused for this particular tournament. And some have started enjoying the bubble life as well.”


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