The 36-year-old right-handed batsman announced his plans to reporters during a press conference at Lahore ahead of Pakistan’s upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.
“The 2019 World Cup is my last event of the 50-over cricket. I will try to play T20 cricket if I continue to stay fit and put up performances,” Malik said.
The veteran of 35 Tests, 261 ODIs and 98 T20Is is targeting winning the 2019 World Cup with Pakistan to sign off on a high.
“If you have made goals for yourself that keeps you running. I have made some for myself. We have already won two big events: the World T20 (in 2009) and the Champions Trophy (in 2017). The only thing left in my career to win is that 50-over World Cup. That is the thing I am looking at which makes me work hard. I have big hopes from these youngsters and myself. We are going to give our best,” Malik said.
The Pakistan batsman had already announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2015 after scoring 1,898 runs in 60 innings at an average of 35.14. He managed to score three tons in the process with a highest score of 245no against England at Sharjah.
Malik has been a stalwart for Pakistan in limited-overs cricket where he has scored 6, 975 runs in 261 ODIs and 1, 989 runs in 89 T20Is.
The Sialkot-born man has nine ODI centuries to his name including a career-best of 143 against India at the 2004 Asia Cup in Colombo.
Jos Buttler was the toast of all England after his superb unbeaten ton (110) rescued the hosts form a perilous position before leading them to an improbable win against Australia in the fifth and final ODI at Manchester.
The Aussies had been bowled out for just 205 runs after skipper Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat first at Old Trafford. In reply, England looked to be down and out after being reduced to 114-8.
However, Buttler forged a crucial 81-run for the ninth wicket with Adil Rashid to take England on the verge of a sensational victory. Following the dismissal of Rashid, Buttler found another ably ally in last-man Jake Ball before he hit the winning runs in the penultimate over the match to lead England to their first-ever ODI series whitewash over Australia.
Post the incredible win, Buttler revealed how he had been trying to channel MS Dhoni’s calmness at the crease in the face of unending pressure during the final stages of the match.
“Yeah I think I probably was (nervous). When you are out there, you can at least do something about it. It’s probably harder sitting on the balcony. I just tried to soak up the pressure and tried to imagine what MS Dhoni would do. He would look unflustered and look calm and try to not panic till the end,” the Englishman said during the post-match presentation in a video shared by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman has been in outstanding form with the bat ever since he was promoted to open the batting for Rajasthan Royals in the recent IPL. A record-equaling five half-centuries on the bounce saw the batsman given an England Test recall in the series against Pakistan after more than two years out.
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