Despite having suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of India in Eden Gardens, Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said how inspired he was from India’s new Mr Dependable Virat Kohli.
He said that Pakistan could draw inspiration from the Indian batting mainstay as he was well aware of the way to back his skills even on most difficult situations.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo.com, Malik said, “Our total was not enough to defend against such a great batting line-up. We should give credit to Virat Kohli’s innings. He was the only difference between the two teams. He backs his skills and that’s the key.
“He reads the situation well. He knows how to play on any track, whether flat or tricky. That’s why he’s very consistent. You’re the best coach of yourself. If you talk to yourself, you will have all the answers. As a batting unit we also need to do the same thing.”
Malik also added that his side’s batting ought to have improved adding that India deserved plaudits for their resilient performance on a difficult track.
“Victory and defeat happen in the game. I think there are a few areas where we need to improve, especially our batting, even though it was a tough pitch to bat on. I think that we could have set a better target. There is another thing: we may have lost matches to other teams, not beaten them in World Cups, but when it comes to India, it just becomes bigger. But we must give credit to the Indian team for the way they played on a difficult pitch.”