Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik is at the end of his career, but his fan following hasn’t taken a dip by any means. On Sunday, October 24, he played his first game for Pakistan after almost 14 months and fans cheered for him. The veteran was a part of the marquee clash between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the T20 World Cup 2021.
He didn’t get a chance to bat as Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan led Pakistan to 10 wickets win. Virat Kohli team asked the Men in Green to chase down 152 after which Babar and Rizwan made a mockery of the run-chase. Apart from cheering for Malik, the fans also poked fun at him. Malik got married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on April 12, 2010.
Fans cheer for Shoaib Malik
For over a decade, Shoaib and Sania have given young couples plenty of couple goals. They also have a son, named Izhaan Mirza Malik, who was born in 2018. When Malik was fielding near the boundary, a few fans called him ‘jeeja ji’, which means brother-in-law. The cheers for Malik were loud and clear. A fan uploaded the video on Twitter on Monday.
Mirza, who has won six Grand Slam titles in his illustrious career, reacted to the fan video. The 34-year-old posted a couple of ‘laughing’ emoticons followed by two ‘heart’ emotions.
October 25, 2021
Prior to that, he also played a few matches for Central Punjab in the National T20 Cup. In 117 T20Is for Pakistan, Malik has churned out 2335 runs at an average of 31.13 and a strike rate of 124.20. He has also picked 28 wickets in the format since his debut back in 2006. Malik doesn’t play Test and ODI cricket anymore.
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