Shoaib Malik: “The India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup is just another game for me”
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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has made it clear that he will treat his side’s highly-anticipated Asia Cup encounter with India on September 19 like any other game.
While Malik is well aware about the hype that tends to build around games involving the two arch-rivals, he insisted that adding to the fanfare will only lead to more pressure being placed on his shoulders.
“The India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup is just another game for me,” Malik was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “If you think too much about the India-Pakistan game then you create pressure for yourself.
“I would say that we should consider this just another game and would say the same to my team-mates.”
Malik also admitted that the forthcoming game against India presents a golden opportunity for his teammates to shine and steal the limelight.
“This is the kind of a game which is watched with great interest in India, Pakistan and abroad,” he said. “This is a big opportunity for players as the one who performs in such a game becomes a hero.”
India have rested Virat Kohli for the tournament, but Malik pointed out that his side shouldn’t underestimate the men in blue, or any of the other teams participating in the competition.
Malik added that even though Pakistan have an advantage in terms of being accustomed to playing in the United Arab Emirates, things can still get tough when playing an ODI under the lights.
“We have always played Test cricket well in UAE but in ODIs it is tougher to play there under lights,” he said. “You cannot underestimate any team in ODIs as in my view, just like in T20 cricket, the momentum that the openers create takes you all the way to the 50th over.
“You must have 2-3 wicket taking bowlers in your line-up and a lot depends on your top 3 batsmen too.”