Ever since the much-anticipated ICC T20 WC clash between India and Pakistan has been announced, opinions and arguments have been flowing in copious amounts from the cricket fraternity. One such remark in the pool of arguments and speculations for the high-octane clash on October 24 has now come from former Pakistani fast bowler Aaqib Javed.
The former pacer has opined that the Indian Cricket Team need not peak and even if they play quite normally, they can easily beat Pakistan, whom they will be locking their horns with after the 2019 World Cup. He also named the Virat Kohli-led outfit favourites for winning the showpiece event.
“For India, they don’t need to peak. They can just play normally, to their strengths and still beat Pakistan. But if Pakistan is to win, they have to play better than their best cricket that day. So at the moment, they appear the favourites. India has Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul… so many match-winners. Jasprit Bumrah is such a terrific bowler. If you look at their overall team, they look favourites to win the World Cup,” Javed told Sana Ajmal on her YouTube channel.
Statistically speaking, India holds an edge over their rivals in World Cups with complete dominance of 12-0. They have won seven of the 50-over World Cups while five of the T20 WC. While their T20 WC match in 2007 ended up in a tie, India emerged victorious in their encounters till 2016.
“Although India is favourites to beat Pakistan, things can turn out slightly different on that day. If Pakistan is to win, they need to make a few changes to their squad. For example, Fakhar Zaman should definitely be brought in because some players always perform well against certain teams.
“For Pakistan, the T20 World Cup is one thing and playing India is another altogether. Fakhar played an aggressive inning at the Champions Trophy. If he is included and he fires, Babar Rizwan scores some runs, Babar gets going, or even someone like Hafeez makes a mark, these four batsmen can score against quality bowling in pressure situations.”
However, he has not entirely ruled out the possibility of his country winning the game given that they make a few changez in their squad. He has also vounched for their bowling department and said that if they perform exceptionally that day, they can seal the victory.
“In the bowling department, on a good day, we have Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. So the bowling is decent which can even surprise. But on that day, you best batsmen and strike bowlers will have to perform exceptionally well,” the former pacer added.
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