Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal have both played a significant part for Pakistan cricket team over the years. But, one incident that stands out in their playing careers is the mix-up between them before taking a catch.
Shoaib Malik while speaking on the Voice of Cricket show, revived the moment when Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, at the 2017 Champions Trophy final presentation ceremony, asked him about the catch drop incident.
He said “we were playing the Champions Trophy final against India, after the match during the presentation, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and myself were laughing. We all were discussing the same catch and laughing.”
Virat Kohli has asked him what Saeed Ajmal told him after the floored 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 drop it.”
— ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2017
Pakistan defeated India in the Champions Trophy by 180 runs. Batting first, Pakistan had scored 338/4 in their 50 overs with the opener Fakhar Zaman scoring 114, Mohammad Hafeez 57* and Azhar Ali 59 knocks.
Excluding Hardik Pandya, the Indian batting lineup loses strength in the run-chase after a marvellous bowling show by Pakistan pacers Mohammad Amir (3/16) and Hasan Ali (3/19). India was ultimately all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.