Shoaib Mailk confident of lifting ICC T20 World Cup trophy once again

Veteran batter Shoaib Malik, who was a part of the team that won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009, wants to lift the trophy once again. Speaking about the triumph in 2009, he said:

“If I take myself back into 2009, we were struggling at the beginning of the tournament. But as we went deep in the tournament, we picked up momentum, the guys who picked up good form – Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, to some extent myself, we started performing consistently.”

He wants to enjoy the moment once again with the current team.

“Great memories and I guess before I end my career, I would like to go through the same memories, so let’s hope for the best.”When nobody is considering that you can win an event and you pick up the momentum and you see your players are in good form and consistently performing, in my opinion, I take it as a challenge, and I have seen that in our dressing room as well, that we take as a challenge if nobody is saying that Pakistan could win the mega event.”It’s good to be the underdogs, there is no pressure on you and you can just go and give your best,” Malik said.

Malik has been playing international cricket since 1999 and has the changes introduced by the ICC.

“Early days, obviously it was a new format. Internationally, 2007 was the first mega event that happened, in South Africa. At first, everybody was just thinking about the Powerplay, the first six overs. How to utilise them as a batting unit, as a bowling unit.”But now things have changed. You have to gain momentum from ball one, and then try to finish it till the 20th over. And the game is never over. Even if you lose a couple of early wickets, two batsmen can still win the match.”