Zaheer Khan says “He proved the selectors right today” in T20 World Cup 2021. He collects praise on Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik. After the all-rounder struck a vital 20-ball 26* to direct his side to triumph. Against New Zealand within the T20 World Cup. Pakistan was precariously placed at 87/5. After 14.5 overs in pursuit of 135 runs. When Shoaib Malik joined Asif Ali at the crease. Also, the two Pakistani batters added 48 runs for the sixth wicket. It is guided their team home in the 19th over.
“Fans often ask why are senior players like Shoaib Malik still playing. They are here for this reason only. Also, they know how to absorb pressure in situations like these. They will not be impatient, and in pressure situations, patience is the most important thing. I think Shoaib Malik was a last-minute addition to the squad. He proved the selectors right today,” said Zaheer Khan.
Malik was initially left out of Pakistan’s squad. However, it was brought in as a Sohaib Maqsood injury substitute. Zaheer Khan also praised Pakistan captain Babar Azam during the show. After his team won its first two games in the T20 World Cup 2021, he is looking forward to the rest of the tournament.
“Babar Azam is calm and composed. In the past, we used to say Pakistan is an unpredictable team, but I think Babar is showing a new direction to Pakistan cricket now,” Zaheer added.
Lastly, Ashish Nehra was present. Alongside Zaheer Khan in the post-match show. He said the Blackcaps missed Lockie Ferguson in the death overs against Pakistan. Nehra praised Tim Southee for his bowling in the powerplay. But added that Ferguson was a better death bowler.
“Tim Southee conceded two sixes in the death overs, but he bowled really well in the powerplay. You can say in hindsight that New Zealand missed Lockie Ferguson, but again, you cannot deny that he is the better bowler when it comes to bowling in the final overs. He has the yorker and has more pace than Southee,” Ashish Nehra said.