The veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik recalled the time when he was pictured sharing a laugh with India captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh after the conclusion of the Champions Trophy final at the Oval, in 2017.
Pakistan thumped India by a huge margin 180 runs in the final to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title and during the post-match presentation, Malik was seen laughing with the Kohli and Yuvraj.
Recently, during a show named Voice of Cricket, Malik spilled the beans of that conversation, he said, “We were playing the Champions Trophy final against India and during the presentation, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and myself were laughing. We were discussing the catch and laughing.”
— ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2017
Virat Kohli has asked Malik what Saeed Ajmal told him after the dropped catch, to which Shoaib Malik replied, “That catch was Chris Gayle’s. I asked Ajmal ‘if you had positioned yourself to take the catch, why did you pull out at the last moment’? He told me that he waited crouched on the ground to take the catch just in case you (Shoaib Malik) drop it.”
Malik was referring to the incident which took place during an ODI between Pakistan and West Indies. Chris Gayle hit the ball in the air and both Malik and Ajmal converged under it. The duo bailed out at the last moment thinking the other would go for the catch and the ball dropped in between them.
Here is the video of the dropped catch and the interview:
In the latest episode of Voice of Cricket @realshoaibmalik joins @ZAbbasOfficial and narrates what Saeed Ajmal said after the dropped catch, his last wish before retirement, what Sialkot Stallions means to him and much more!
Watch the full episode on YT: https://t.co/VEDTaULMm0 pic.twitter.com/dtB5DIxQEW
— Cricingif (@_cricingif) October 15, 2018
In the Champions Trophy final, India was outclassed by Pakistan as batting first, Pakistan had scored 338/4 in their 50 overs courtesy Fakhar Zaman (114), Mohammad Hafeez (57*) and Azhar Ali (59) knocks. However, while chasing down the total, except Hardik Pandya (76), all the other Indian batsmen faltered after a stupendous bowling show by Pakistan pacers Mohammad Amir (3/16) and Hasan Ali (3/19). India was eventually bundled out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.