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T20 WC win twin effect of Younis and psychologist: Malik

cricket Updated: Jun 24, 2009 21:06 IST
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Former captain Shoaib Malik on Wednesday credited Pakistan's Twenty20 World Cup triumph to his successor Younis Khan's leadership skills and a short stint of the players with a sports psychologist.

"Younis led the side well and he showed he is a good captain. He got the players together and took us into confidence all the time," Malik, who returned home on Wednesday after the historic win, said.

Younis took over as captain in February after Pakistan under Malik lost a home one-day series to Sri Lanka.

The all-rounder said the counseling sessions the players had with a sports psychologist before going to the T20 World Cup had played a big role in motivating the players to do well.

"I think those sessions helped as the doctor used the power of hypnotism to drill it into our minds that we were going to England to become the World T20 champions," he said.

"It helped us a lot play to our true potential."

He said the Twenty20 World Cup win had helped erase the memories of the defeat in the final to India in the inaugural edition.

"I was bitterly disappointed as captain and player when we lost that final (in 2007) but now I feel elated we did finally manage to win this title."