first_img(REOPENS DEL 16) (REOPENS DEL 16) “Ever since I have made a comeback, I think I have been the top scorer. My average is around 35 in this format so you would not have asked me this if you did your homework. However, I still respect you,” Malik said. Insisting that all is well between him and his captain, Malik said the team wants to do well for Afridi who is likely to retire post the world event. “Shoaib Malik is the same guy who left captaincy in PSL. He is the same cricketer who left Test cricket for youngsters. We all know that it is lalas (Afridi) last World Cup. I respect him the way I respect Inzaman bhai, Wasim (Akram) bhai and Waqar (Younis) bhai and all these cricketers. He is like an elder brother and I have learnt a lot from him,” he said. “Nobody will be happier if we do well for him in the World Cup. When you lose there is bound to speculation. All this talk is baseless, useless. We are one a as a team and we will try to win,” he said. On coach Waqar saying that the team doesnt deserve to be in the semifinals, Malik said: “when the team loses, even a wise person makes statement like these. All I can say is that we will give our hundred percent tomorrow and we are looking to win”. Malik has made several comebacks into the national side. So while talking about his future, Mailk said he is committed to carry on till the 2019 50-over World Cup. “I want to play till the 2019 World Cup and after that whatever the almighty has in store for me.” Asked compare the winning squad of 2009 with the current lot in India, Malik said: “Skill wise this team is much better but professionalism wise the 2009 team was better. ” He further revealed that team was following Indias match against Bangladesh closely. “We wanted Bangladesh to win. Not because we dont like India but because we want to see ourselves in the tournament.” PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img

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