Veteran Pakistan batter Shoaib Malik once again proved his worth for Pakistan and played a whirlwind knock of 54 off 18 balls to help Pakistan put up a daunting 189-4 against Scotland. Malik’s career has lasted for more than two decades and he is still going strong. At 39, Malik can be seen diving and throwing his body all over the ground. In a team that has quite a few youngsters, Malik can easily be deemed as the best fielder of the side.
When asked about the secret to his remarkable agility, Malik said he is obsessed with his fitness which keeps him motivated to push a little harder.
"Well, to be honest, I would say I have self-obsession of seeing myself fit when I look at it in the mirror, and most importantly I'm still enjoying playing cricket, and it's helping, as well, end of the day towards the team," Malik said at the post-match press conference.
" I guess if you want to stay fit, then you've got to train every day, and that's what I have been doing. "I'm not sure about playing a year more or two more years. Right now I'm in middle of a very important thing and not thinking about all that."
Meanwhile, Pakistan have been on a roll in the 20-20 World Cup and are still undefeated in the tournament. The team topped Group B and will now take on Australia in the semifinal on November 11. Speaking about the match, Malik said Pakistan will be up for the challenge on the big day.
"Of course we have seen Australia, the way they have been playing. They have been playing really good cricket. So are we. But of course it's going to be a tough challenge for both the teams," said Malik
"It's another game, then I guess the other batters have made plans, execute and just take it as another game. "...we have a few days in between before the semis, so I'm sure management will sit, our team is going to sit and they'll definitely talk about and they'll make plans, as well, for the semis," he said.