Win against India helped Pakistan gain momentum: Malik

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01 Nov 2021 | 06:29 PM
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Win against India helped Pakistan gain momentum: Malik

Shoaib Malik said his team are not taking Tuesday's opponent Namibia lightly

Pakistan veteran batter Shoaib Malik on Monday said that the win over India in their opening match of the T20 World Cup gave the momentum as they recorded three runs win a row. 

Babar Azam's side then beat New Zealand and Afghanistan and can confirm a semifinal spot if they beat Namibia on Tuesday.

"To be honest, of course when you start your tournament and you start your tournament against a big team and then you win that game, then everything comes in your dressing room," Malik said at the pre-match press conference.

"And I guess momentum and everything has come to us when we played that game. Obviously when you start the tournament, the goal is to give your best shot as a team."

The 39-year old was glad that everything in the team is falling in place.

"To see consistency in Pakistan dressing room, that's the biggest thing for me so far, and everyone's helping each other. And it's a team game. When you're playing a team game, then you need your teammates' help, you need a lot of support from your management. And I see all of that coming," Malik said.

Malik said that his side is not taking Namibia lightly, who are playing in their maiden T20 World Cup.

"To be honest, we are not thinking any different because T20 format is where you can't take the opposition lightly," he said,

Malik agreed that bio-bubble life is difficult but it's a bit better for the players if their families are around.

"Well, to be honest, bubble life, it's a tough thing, especially when you're like playing a lot of back-to-back series. But the good thing is that our families are with us. We've been spending a lot of time together as families, as teammates. So it's a good thing.

"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." 

(With inputs from PTI)

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