India and Pakistan are set to cross swords in their T20 World Cup opener at Dubai International Stadium on October 24. The two arch-rivals doesn't play bilateral series and only face each other in the ICC tournaments. India without a doubt have dominated Pakistan in World Cups, having won all their games against the neighbours. However, T20 is a format where things change quickly.
Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis feels Pakistan can beat India in the upcoming World Cup. Waqar feels the Men in Green have players who can help Pakistan pull one back against India.
“I honestly believe that Pakistan can beat India in their opening encounter if they play to their potential. It won’t be easy but we certainly have the personnel who can come good,” he said while speaking to CricWick.
“It’s a big game and pressure will be on both teams as it will be their first match of the tournament. But the first few deliveries and runs will be crucial but if we are able to negotiate it well we can win the game,” he further said.
Pakistan have always relied on their bowlers to do the job for them. The likes of Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf are some fine bowlers. Waqar, who has worked with the group as bowling coach, said the bowlers have done well in the past and there is no reason they can’t emulate their performance in the World Cup. Younis feels that Hasan Ali will be a key player for Pakistan in the showpiece event.
“Bowling has always been our stronger suit and we have seen in the past that we have the capability of defending scores. We did that in Champions Trophy 2017, we have done that prior to that as well so I see no reason why this bunch can’t emulate those performances.
"I think that Hasan understands bowling better than any other bowler in the current lot and will be our leader in terms of bowling. He certainly has the skill and character to do big things on the biggest stage,” Waqar Younis further added.