When questioned about how to halt Team India’s momentum in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, former Pakistani captain Shoaib Malik delivered an epic three-word response on Sunday. The Indian men’s cricket team has been in exceptional form, securing victories in all eight matches played thus far.
Indian Cricket Team’s Outstanding Performance
In the ongoing ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, India is in exceptional form securing victories in all eight matches played so far. With 16 points, the Men in Blue hold the top position in the points table and are set to conclude the league stage at No.1. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, the Indian side confronted South Africa in a crucial top-of-the-table clash at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday (November 5).
India convincingly outplayed South Africa by 243 runs. Restricting them to a mere 83 runs in 27.1 overs after posting a total of 326 runs for the loss of five wickets in 50 overs. Virat Kohli was the top-scorer for India contributing 101 runs from 121 balls. While Shreyas Iyer made a valuable contribution of 77 runs.
Following an impressive performance by India’s No. 3 and 4 batsmen, the bowling unit took centre stage in the second inning, with Ravindra Jadeja leading the charge on Sunday. The 34-year-old spinner took five crucial wickets, conceding only 33 runs in his nine overs. India’s 243-run victory over South Africa stands as their third-largest win in ODI World Cup history. And their eighth overall triumph in the tournament’s history.
Shoaib Malik’ s Hilarious Reaction
In response to the question of how to halt Team India’s performance in the ODI World Cup 2023 after their significant victory over South Africa, former Pakistani captains Wasim Akram, Shoaib Malik, Moin Khan, and Misbah-ul-Haq were queried. During an “A Sports” show when asked for his input Malik delivered an impactful response in just three words.
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The 41-year-old right-handed batsman, wed to Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza, advised, “TV band kardo.” Malik’s succinct and witty response in a video clip is currently gaining widespread attention on the internet.
Pakistani Cricketers Opinion Other Than Shoaib Malik
Former Pakistani cricketers Misbah-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Malik, and Moin Khan were questioned about strategies to counter Team India.
“They are playing exceptional cricket. It’s not a sudden thing in this World Cup. They meticulously prepared for over a year, and now they’re reaping the rewards,” commented Wasim Akram.
“Other teams need to enhance their mental strength against India. The Indian team has influenced them mentally and they lose half the battle even before the match begins. Remove the fear and then confront them. If the Men in Blue are put under pressure, they will find it challenging. Their real test will be in the semi-finals,” stated Misbah-ul-Haq.
“I believe Australia can pose a challenge to them. Australia is a formidable team,” mentioned Shoaib Malik.
Misbah reiterated the importance of handling pressure, and in response, Malik added, “India excels at overcoming pressure situations.”