Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has stated that Pakistan’s veteran batter Shoaib Malik is a superior player of spin as compared to Australia’s indomitable Steve Smith. In a recent interview, Chahal spoke about his experience of bowling to Shoaib Malik during the Asia Cup in 2018 and claimed his ability to pinch singles from tight deliveries was unparalleled.
“I was bowling to Shoaib Malik during the Asia Cup and was impressed with the way he was taking singles of good deliveries. I realized that this player has a lot of experience and I think he is better than Steve Smith when it comes to playing spin bowling," Chahal said.
Malik is considered to be one of the finest all-rounders to emerge from Pakistan and his expert handling of spinners makes him an intimidating customer with the bat in Asian conditions. He is often observed to be not shy of using his feet and thwacking spinners out of the park.