Malik: We're not chokers
Shoaib Malik insists Pakistan will learn from their mistakes as they prepare for the upcoming tour of India.
Last Updated: 30/10/07 10:57am
Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik insists his side must learn from their mistakes after losing the one-day series to South Africa.
The Proteas, who had already won the Test series 1-0, secured a 3-2 triumph with a 14-run success in the decider in Lahore.
However, they were given a helping hand by their generous hosts, who, chasing a modest target of 234, lost six wickets in the space of six overs.
Despite the disappointment of falling short, captain Malik thinks Pakistan can use the experience to improve ahead of their upcoming tour to India.
"One result does not mean we are chokers," Malik said.
"We are disappointed to have lost out on a chance to win the the series but the guys tried hard and we will learn from our mistakes for the Indian tour.
"If anything it is good we lost because now we can learn and be better prepared for the Indian tour which is always a pressure one for us."
Pakistan leave for India at the start of November to play five one-day internationals and three Tests.
Their squad will include Shoaib Akhtar, who made his first appearance on Sunday since completing a 13-man match ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
'The Rawalpindi Express', who was suspended for an incident prior to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, marked his return with 4-43 in a losing cause.
"He is always an asset for the team and top bowler if he is 100 per cent fit," Malik said of the paceman.
"It is good he bowled so well after playing after such a long time. It is a good sign for the Indian series."