India vs Pakistan LIVE: Babar Azam’s big plan for India match, ‘looking to include experienced Shoaib Malik in playing XI’

India vs Pakistan LIVE: Babar Azam to include Shoaib Malik in playing XI- Ahead of the high-octane match against arch-rivals India in T20 World Cup, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is looking to use Shoaib Malik’s experience. Speaking in a virtual press conference, he welcomed Malik’s selection in last-minute changes. Follow T20 World Cup live updates on insidesport.in and live streaming on Star Sports, Hotstar

“Shoaib Malik is an experienced player who is also considered among the fit members of our squad. We have to make a plan on including him in the playing XI squad,” Azam said.

Pakistan and India will face off in a much-awaited clash on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium.

India vs Pakistan LIVE: Babar Azam’s big plan for India match, ‘looking to include experienced Shoaib Malik in playing XI’

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  • Shoaib Malik was named as a replacement for Sohaib Maqsood who suffered a lower back injury.
  • Babar Azam wants to use Malik’s experience to beat India for the first time in T20 World Cup. They have not defeated India in the last 5 meetings, one ended in a tie.
  • Malik had captained Pakistan in the inaugural event in 2007.
  • He was a member of the side that won the tournament in 2009.
  • After missing the West Indies event in 2010, he featured in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 tournaments.
  • Malik has played 100+ T20Is for Pakistan with 2335 runs and 28 wickets. He has also played 287 ODIs with 7500+ runs and 158 scalps.
  • Shoaib Malik has amassed 164 runs against India in 8 innings. He averages 27.33 against India in the shortest format. His strike rate is also below-par at 103.8.
Versus Mat Inns NO 100s 50s 0s HS Runs Avg S/R Ca Fld Ca Kpr St
India 8 8 2 0 1 0 57* 164 27.33 103.80 4 0 0

 

  • However, the numbers are better in the ODIs where Malik has slammed 1782 runs in 42 matches against India. It features 11 fifties and 4 centuries at an impressive average of 46. He has also taken 22 wickets against India.
Versus Mat Inns NO 100s 50s 0s HS Runs Avg S/R Ca Fld Ca Kpr St
India 42 42 4 4 11 1 143 1782 46.89 88.44 12 0 0

 

Versus O M R W 4w Best Avg S/R E/R
India 182.3 3 985 22 0 3/18 44.77 49.77 5.40

 

  • Now, he needs to emulate his ODI success against India in T20 WC. Can he help Pakistan win their maiden fixture against India in a showpiece event? Follow us at insidesport.in to find out

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi had earlier spoken about Shoaib Malik’s importance in T20 World Cup. “Good to see Shoaib Malik recalled for the T20 World Cup. As a senior and experienced player, he can contribute big time for Pakistan. All the best,” tweeted Afridi.

Pakistan T20 World Cup Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shoaib Malik.

India vs Pakistan LIVE: Babar Azam’s big plan for India match, ‘looking to include experienced Shoaib Malik in playing XI’

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