Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq reckons India were scared of Pakistan even before the start of their 20-20 World Cup match. The high-octane clash on October 24 went in favour of the Men in Green as they beat their archrivals for the first time in the showpiece event. Right from the toss, to bowling and batting, everything clicked for Pakistan.
Usually, the Babar-Azam-led team are not known for chasing but in the crucial match against India, Azam and Rizwan hardly broke a sweat as they chased down 152 with relative ease. Inzamam felt India's body language was not that positive and it reflected that India was under big pressure.
“I feel the Indians were scared even before the match started. Their body language, if you see Virat Kohli and Babar Azam’s interview at the toss, you could sense who was under pressure,” Inzamam told on ARY Sports.
“Our team’s body language was much better than theirs. It wasn’t that India were under pressure after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal. Sharma himself was under pressure. It was evident that they all were under pressure even before the match began,” he stated.
The loss against Pakistan put India under tremendous pressure from which they could not recover. “Indian team never plays the way they did. They are a good T20 team, there is no doubt about it. If you look at their performance in the last 2-3 years, they were the favorites. But that India-Pakistan match put so much pressure on them that there was no looking back."
The pre-tournament favourites India lost to New Zealand by eight wickets in the next game to crash their hopes of qualification for the playoffs. The Virat Kohli-led side managed to win their last three games but that could not help them qualify for the semis.