Pakistanis acknowledge that Shoaib Malik is a national hero, despite him not getting the farewell he deserved.
Remember the alleged lack of professionalism the Pakistan team displayed before the match against India? Following Pakistan’s loss, that and the picture below angered many and the team was called out for unprofessionalism.
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza became the most viable options for people to blame.
Shoaib Malik’s “indirect” relationship with Indians, coupled with his unfortunate performance in the World Cup made him a target. People even blamed his wife’s for his substandard performance.
U did a great job Shoaib Malik !
India ka damad jo ho.#IndiaVsPakistan #CongratulationsIndia pic.twitter.com/aOpF8xwzF3
— Vikas Bal (@ivkyt19) June 17, 2019
Now, Shoaib Malik had previously announced his retirement from any further World Cup tournaments.
The man has contributed tremendously to the team’s success during international cricket tournaments and has done a lot for Pakistan on the field.
Pakistan Cricket team’s last match against Bangladesh was expected to be the farewell Shoaib Malik deserved.
Despite his unsatisfactory performance, Pakistanis had been counting on bidding their beloved all-rounder a soaring goodbye.
The Playing XI, however, disappointed many as Malik was not on the list!
Shoaib Malik, as per reports, had openly expressed the desire to be on the list for Pakistan’s game against Bangladesh just to give his World Cup career a golden end. However, the player line up mimicked that of the previous victorious matches, thus excluding Malik.
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Pakistan chose to go with an unchanged playing XI in their last group game of the World Cup against Bangladesh at Lord's which meant that all-rounder Shoaib Malik did not get an opportunity to play a "goodbye" one-day international match. According to team sources, Malik had said that he wished for his last World Cup to be remembered as a golden farewell, but it is clear now that his match against India was the last one, where he got dismissed on a nought—hardly a farewell any batsman would have wished for. (📷: @geonewsdottv )
Many spectators and commentators were against giving Malik the opportunity to play.
People from the field of cricket have been disappointed with Malik’s performance in the World Cup, with a vast majority of the view that he should not be given the chance to play in Pakistan’s last match, with chances of him jeopardizing Pakistan’s chances of success.
Sadly, Shoaib Malik could not be part of Pakistan’s win against Bangladesh, which could have been the perfect closure for his international cricket career and the perfect farewell for him. In light of the given circumstances, Pakistanis have taken it upon themselves to show their gratitude towards Malik for his commendable contributions for Pakistan’s cricket.
With the possibility of only a farewell dinner, Pakistanis have taken to social media to thank Shoaib Malik for all his hard work and effort.
The curtains come down on a remarkable career. Thanku @realshoaibmalik for serving the nation for years. Ups & downs r the part of life but u r a true gem that Pakistan has produced. We will miss yur services. U deserve a proper farewell.#ThankYouMalik for the endless memories. pic.twitter.com/tkErrHgnKG
— Ihtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) July 5, 2019
The man who served the Country for almost 20 Years, Represented Pakistan in 287 ODIs, Scored 7534 Runs nd won many Matches single handedly! He contributed a lot for the success of Team 🇵🇰
No matters Man you failed in Some Last Innings but We Respect You ♥#ThankYouMalik pic.twitter.com/bHMYV4aLB4
— Ahmad Ali (@vWolvzii) July 5, 2019
At this point in time, I really wish Shoaib Malik had received a farewell ODI but I am glad that Pakistanis are still commemorating him before he takes his leave.
Feelings are too small for words and too shy for the world.✨#ThankYouMalik ❣️ pic.twitter.com/x6ECimiKRE
— Ŕàfíûĺĺáh ķhâň🇵🇰 (@Rafikhan120078) July 5, 2019
Dumbs judge him by his last three innings.
But we know who you are! #ThankYouMalik pic.twitter.com/XLtOaQ8VfM
— Malik’s BunnY🐰💕 (@HansLoYaara) July 5, 2019
Shoaib Malik, without a hint of doubt, has been an amazing athlete and has been a gem for Pakistani Cricket.
#ThankYouMalik for the infinite achievements and unforgettable memories you gave us throughout your career. Thank you for entertaining us for 20 years. Thank you for your services for Pakistan. We will never forget.❤ @realshoaibmalik 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/8j15xhC0uE
— Imran imi (@Imran_emi1) July 5, 2019
The love is pouring for Shoaib Bhai and this is exactly what he needs at this moment.
“We Love You Too” #ThankYouMalik @realshoaibmalik @FlaminkoInc pic.twitter.com/iDYAnmT5U6
— Thakur (@ThakurHassam94) July 5, 2019
One of the finest player of Pakistan 🇵🇰😭 socha nh tha is trhn sy Retirementhogi bande ki 💔 yh bnda is sy better deserve krta tha😭💔 #ThankYouMalik pic.twitter.com/KWPgv1NGQd
— Arman🖤 (@aliarmankhan2) July 5, 2019
Saving #Pakistan against #UAE when top order badly collapsed in Asia Cup 2016! Won it for #Pakistan! #ThankYouMalik pic.twitter.com/INDUIVZqym
— Abubakar Farooqui (@AbubakarTweets) July 5, 2019
He’s been a tremendous performer. More power to him.
He was a great player just some hard luck .@realshoaibmalik You’ll be remembered. ❤️❤️
— mUniB m@jiD 🇵🇰🔥 (@here_munib) July 5, 2019
We hope that Shoaib Malik excels in all of his future endeavors and that this gesture of love and gratitude is sufficient. He may have stumbled a bit at the end, but a hero nonetheless.
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