16 Nov

Proud of everything you have achieved: Sania Mirza tells Shoaib Malik after Pakistan star’s ODI retirement

first_imgIndian tennis star Sania Mirza took to social media to post a heartfelt message for husband and Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik who announced his retirement from ODI cricket in London on Friday.Shoaib Malik said he is quitting from the 50-over format of the game after Pakistan finished their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign at Lord’s on Friday. Malik did not feature in Pakistan’s playing XI for their final group-stage match against Bangladesh but the superstar all-rounder announced his decision while speaking to the press after the team’s big win.Malik was given a guard of honour by Pakistan cricketers after the Lord’s tie as youngsters and seniors alike embraced the all-rounder who finished his ODI career with 7534 runs at an average of 34.55 from 287 matches.”Every story has an end, but in life every ending is a new beginning’ @realshoaibmalik ?? u have proudly played for your country for 20 years and u continue to do so with so much honour and humility..Izhaan and I are so proud of everything you have achieved but also for who u r (sic),” Sania Mirza wrote.Every story has an end, but in life every ending is a new beginning’ @realshoaibmalik u have proudly played for your country for 20 years and u continue to do so with so much honour and humility..Izhaan and I are so proud of everything you have achieved but also for who u rSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 5, 2019Shoaib Malik had a horror run in World Cup 2019 as he managed just 8 runs, including two ducks, in 3 matches. Malik was droppped after Pakistan’s loss to India on June 16.advertisementFollowing his retirement from ODIs, Malik said he is disappointed that he is being judged because of the performances in World Cup 2019.”I have no regrets. But it’s just that I have been too flexible in my batting order. I have batted wherever the team wanted. I have been dropped many times, I missed a few years of international cricket and have been around for 20 years, Malik said. I am disappointed to be judged on two bad games here,” Malik said.A legend leaves the ODI field for the final time.Thank you Shoaib Malik #CWC19 | #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/g1tlIsPEK0Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 5, 2019In fact, Shoaib Malik was criticised and trolled by fans after it emerged that he had hung out at a Shisha Cafe along with Sania Mirza and his teammates days before their big-ticket match against India in Manchester.Malik hit out at the trolls and urged everyone to let players have their privacy. “On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It’s not a nice thing to do,” Malik had written on social media.Shoaib Malik will continue playing T20 cricket for Pakistan. The all-rounder had retired from Test cricket as early as 2016.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar, Virender Sehwag silence trolls who attacked Sania MirzaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik deserves a farewell dinner and not match, says Wasim AkramAlso See:last_img

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