Shoaib Malik: Pakistan’s Veteran player Shoaib Malik has narrated a 13-year-old anecdote ahead of the T20 World Cup Final to be held today. This anecdote is related to Pakistan’s first T20 World Cup victory. He told that when Pakistan won its first T20 World Cup, captain Younis Khan handed over the trophy to him. The special thing here was that while narrating this anecdote, tears came out of Shoaib Malik’s eyes.
In the final of 2009, Sri Lanka had given a target of just 139 runs to Pakistan, which was easily achieved by the Pakistan team. All-rounder Shahid Afridi scored 54 runs off 40 balls and Shoaib Malik played an unbeaten innings of 24 runs off 22 balls. After winning the match, when the time came to lift the trophy, captain Younis Khan took the trophy and handed it to Shoaib Malik. Shoaib Malik has mentioned this.
‘Younis Khan called me and…’
Shoaib Malik said on ‘A-Sports’, ‘When we won the World Cup in 2009, Younis Khan called me and said you hold this trophy. And it was a very special moment for me. Shoaib started crying as soon as he told this. He had to wipe his tears with a napkin. During this, veterans like Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq were also sitting in the panel.
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World Cup was won after 17 years
Winning the 2009 World Cup was very important for Pakistan. In fact, even in 2007, he had missed becoming the world champion very closely. He was also the runner-up in the 1999 ODI World Cup. In such a situation, after 1992, when Pakistan got the trophy after 17 years, there was a lot of celebration in the whole country.