Shoaib Malik is back with a bang. The 33-year-old all-rounder, who scored a monumental 245 against England at Abu Dhabi this week in his first Test match for Pakistan in nearly six years, has perhaps silenced his critics with his emphatic return.

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The lanky Sialkot-born player, hailed as the best young all-rounder on the horizon at the time of his Test debut against Bangladesh at Multan in 2001, has made great strides this year in both the T20 and ODI formats to make the critics sit up and take note.

However, people close to him vouch that he owes much of his recent success in international cricket to the influence of his wife Sania Mirza, the current world doubles tennis champion.