Home > Features > Interviews >

Shoaib Malik: Barbados Tridents will give their best in CPL 2014 final against Guyana Amazon Warriors

Shoaib-Malik-of-the-Barbados-Tridents-looks
Shoaib Malik is one of the vital cogs in the Barbados Tridents batting line-up © Getty Images

Shoaib Malik has been in very good form for the Barbados Tridents and has been one of their key performers in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2014. As Barbados prepare for the final, Nishad Pai Vaidya caught up with Malik and spoke to him about the tournament, the upcoming final, his batting and a lot more.

Shoaib Malik has had a very good time at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2014. He has played a crucial role in Barbados Tridents’ march into the final and is looking forward to the big game against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. In nine matches, he has scored 351 runs at an average of 43.97 with three fifties. Along with Dwayne Smith and Kieron Pollard, Malik has been one of the key performers for Barbados this year. Malik has thus had a second successive successful season in the CPL.

In a chat with CricketCountry, Malik spoke about the CPL, Barbados’ mood before the final, his injury and batting form.

Excerpts:

CricketCountry (CC): You have done well in both editions of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). What has worked in your favour in the West Indies?

Shoaib Malik (SM): Whenever you enjoy your sport, you perform. I would say not just here, but even in England where I was playing, I did well. For both the seasons here, we’ve had the same bunch of players, captain, support staff. So, it feels as if I have played for this team for the past few years.

CC: This season, you have scored 351 runs in nine matches. How much has batting at No 3 helped you?

SM: Actually, I always wanted to bat up the order. The good thing here is that the coach and captain speak to me and wherever I feel like batting, they send me. It is good to know where you are comfortable batting and when you play — it gives me confidence. I am getting enough opportunities up the order and that is why I have performed well.

CC: You have played a lot of T20 cricket around the world. Playing in Australia, England and now West Indies; how have you coped up with that challenge?

SM: I have played a lot of cricket in England and Australia as well. I had the experience of playing there and that is why it helped me. As a professional player, I try to go to the country where the tournament is being hosted about 10-12 days before it starts. That is so that I can adjust myself to the conditions. I have had a long career and that helps me as I have played almost all over the world. That is why, I don’t feel I face difficulties in adjusting.

CC: Not conditions alone, but adjusting to different setups and cultures, is that a challenge?

SM: When we play international cricket, we travel to different countries and we adapt to those cultures. But, as a professional cricketer, your first priority is to be at practice sessions on time or whatever commitments are there. Cricket is my passion and is my first priority. Whenever my teammates or support staff need me, I try to be there. It is not really that difficult.

CC: In terms of bowling, have you made any adjustments to your style?

SM: Yes, I used to bowl the doosra. But after my collar bone was fractured and I had an elbow surgery, I stopped bowling that ball. However, I have been working on my shoulder and my right arm. So, I have yet again started working on the doosra. Hopefully, I bowl it in the games soon.

CC: What is the mood in the Barbados Tridents camp as you will play your first final in the CPL?

SM: We did well even last year. This year too we have been good and are in the final. All teams were working hard to get there. Now, we have only four hours of game-time left and we are looking forward to it. Hopefully we continue to play the way we played during the last two games. The morale is high and we are going to give our best. Rest, we don’t know what is going to happen.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 3: Central Zone lead by 111 runs at the end of Day 3

Pakistan vs Australia Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi Day 2

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Younis Khan’s ban: why the ICC is justified

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Misbah-ul-Haq becomes fifth Test captain to score century after age of 40

Younis Khan completes 5th Test double century; Pakistan continue to dominate Australia in 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Younis Khan completes 8,000 runs in Test cricket

Misbah ul-Haq gets most runs by a Pakistani captain in Tests

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Mythbusting — the claim that playing for a weaker batting side handicaps a batsman has no basis

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here