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Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja admitted that he was highly impressed with the way in which Shoaib Malik captained the national team in the fourth ODI against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Malik was filling in for Sarfraz Ahmed, who will be returning to Pakistan after being banned for four games for the racist comment he made against Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo in the second ODI in Durban.
Ramiz felt that Malik, who will captain Pakistan for the remainder of the ODI series and the upcoming Twenty20 series, did a clinical job and made all the right decisions in the fourth ODI, which Pakistan won by eight wickets.
Pakistan’s victory in Johannesburg also leveled the series at 2-2 and has set up a decider in the fifth ODI in Cape Town on January 30.
“Shoaib did an excellent job as captain, firstly, because he elected to bowl after winning the toss, keeping in mind the DLS as showers were predicted in the afternoon,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “Secondly, the way he utilized the spinners [Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim] was fantastic.
“He used both Shadab and Imad together for long spells, backing them with attacking field sets that choked the South African batting line-up as they were unable to hit boundaries.”