Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali is confident that his team will try to replicate their 2017 Champions Trophy final victory over arch-rivals India in the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The two teams are set to square off against each other on October 24.
“When we won the Champions Trophy (in 2017), it was a very good time for us and we will try to beat them again in the T20 World Cup. We will give our best. Playing against India is always a pressure game because of the expectations of fans from both countries,” Hasan told a virtual media conference on Wednesday.
Pakistan has not won any ODI game against India since 2017. After that, they have faced each other twice, the Asia Cup in Dubai in 2018 and the ODI World Cup in Manchester in 2019, but Pakistan lost both the games.
Hasan Ali spoke about the craze of the match between the arch-rivals and addressed the pressure it puts on both teams.
“Even those people who don’t normally watch cricket follow India vs Pakistan matches, so the pressure on the players is high but we will give it our best,” he added.
The pacer went on to assert that the dry conditions of the UAE will favour the spinners in dominating the game but also hopes that the case will be the same for pacers.
“We know how to bowl in those conditions but yes you can see all teams have picked many spinners in their squads,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan is set to play a three-match ODI and five-match T20I series against New Zealand, New Zealand’s first series against the team on Pakistan’s turf in 18 years. The ODIs will take place at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on 17, 19, and 21 September, while Gaddafi Stadium will host the T20Is from 25 September to 3 October.