CARDIFF: Former Pakistan skipper and senior batsman Shoaib Malik wants to make his 250th one-day international “memorable” when he takes field in the crucial match against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Monday.
The 35-year-old has been key to Pakistan batting since making his comeback in 2015 and would be Pakistan’s linchpin against Sri Lanka.
Malik admitted he was pumped up for the occasion.
“To be honest, I didn’t know about the milestone,” Malik told ARY News.
“I am always committed to the team’s cause and if that is a milestone for me definitely I would like to make it memorable.
“It’s always important you do well for the team in all the matches. As a senior player you are always committed to contribute and do well and that’s my aim whether its a milestone or not. Ever since I staged a comeback in the team I have been doing well and that’s a great satisfaction.”
Malik said he feels satisfied over his career.
“Yes, when you do well, you look behind its satisfying,” said Malik. “Now my role is different and I am given the task to finish the game at number five so I am ready to do what the captain and coach wants me to do.”
Malik unleashed a six before being run out against India.
“I was shaping well in that game but it was unfortunately to be run out,” said Malik. “It was unfortunate to lose that crucial game but we did well to bounce back and my role was to score quickly considering the Duckworth-Lewis calculations.”
Malik has 6,742 runs with nine hundreds and 39 fifties. He also has 153 wickets as off-spinner.