IND vs PAK: India’s megastars prepared to attack on Pakistan’s pretenders in T20 World Cup

Team India Mentor Ms Dhoni Along With Skipper Virat Kohli During A Practice Session Ahead Of India'S
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‘s clash versus Pakistan. The most in-demand megastars of the present generation are primed to reveal their may against a lot of enigmatic cricketers as India and Pakistan engage in an ICC T20 World Cup face-off, something that goes beyond the 22-yard strip.

The sensitive nature of the cross-border relationship between the neighbours has resulted in minimal sporting engagements and cricket has always end up being the vehicle of one-upmanship for the fans on both sides.

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In regards to numbers, India have an all-win record against their arch-rivals in the T20 World Cup given that its beginning in 2007. Incidentally, all the matches were won under the one and just Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be there on skipper Virat Kohli’s ears with his ‘diamond crusted info-nuggets’, which might result in Babar Azam tearing a hair or 2 in exasperation.

Yet, this is a match that everybody waits for in the international event– the fans due to the fact that of its novelty factor, the ICC and the broadcasters for filling the coffers. Everyone is invested be it emotionally, like the fans, or materially, like the other stakeholders.

Be it Sunil Gavaskar or Sourav Ganguly, everyone who comprehends the video game would tell you that this is the one format where the margins are thinnest and qualitative distinction matters the least, as anyone performer can win it for his side on a provided day.

It might be Kohli, who would love to get over his average run of kind in a match that always carries a posterity value or Shaheen Shah Afridi might tail one into KL Rahul’s pads to begin with to set it up for Pakistan.

It might be Mohammed Rizwan, who might just launch into Mohammed Shami or it might be Suryakumar Yadav, who might play a reverse flick off Hasan Ali. The players may state that it’s just “another video game of cricket” however even they know that in this day and age of retro videos and offensive memes, a not-so-great efficiency remains forever.

Nobody understands it better than current chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma, who is bring the cross of a last ball six off Javed Miandad for the previous 35 years. However cricket has actually altered given that those heady days of Sharjah and India, with its robust structure and talent factory, has produced first-rate entertainers by the lots.

The Virat Kohlis, the Rohit Sharms and the Jasprit Bumrahs don’t carry any baggage in spite of the blip in the 2017 Champions Prize last.

On Sunday, the Pakistanis will have a lot more to prove than their Indian counterparts.

For the likes of Shah, Rizwan, Harris Rauf and their uber cool captain Babar, it will not just have to do with breaking a World Cup jinx against a first-rate side. It is also about how global cricket perceives Pakistan which saw 2 of the cricketing elites England and New Zealand close ranks and decline to visit the nation.

For many years, Pakistan cricket have actually faced an existential crisis and a good game versus India will definitely provide some breathing space.But it will be easier said than done against an Indian side whose players are entering the competition with a heavy dose of IPL video games in the UAE, which is Pakistan’s embraced house.

For India, their strength is a crack top-five that comprises Rohit, Rahul, Kohli, Suryakumar and Rishabh Pant. Here is a line-up that can send a chill down the spinal column of Afridi, Rauf, Hasan, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, who are going to form the core of their bowling attack.

India’s issue is going to be a long tail and the lack of a 6th bowler if Hardik Pandya is played purely as a batter. However if one believes in the MSD template of T20 cricket, this format is all about handling the pressure and if 20 is needed off 10 balls, Pandya is still a much better bet than a greenhorn like Ishan Kishan, who is supposedly in much better kind.

The bowling department will depend upon which side of the track they are playing as Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Shami and Varun Chakravarthy pick themselves. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s experience holds him in great stead and he has much better variations than Shardul Thakur, who in spite of a knack of getting wickets, can opt for runs.

If there’s an extra spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, with his great game awareness, could be more efficient than Rahul Chahar, however the Indian group management can throw in a surprise or two.

For Pakistan, their two main players will be skipper Babar, an all-format superstar and somebody who is predestined to be among the contemporary greats. He will require assistance from Shaheen with the brand-new ball as Hasan and Rauf could go for runs versus India.

Left-arm spinner Imad has actually had a fantastic record in UAE for Pakistan and how he differs his speed in the power play and middle-overs versus the similarity Pant and Surya will also define how they fare.

Similarly, the two old men in Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez will be keen to settle scores with India. On paper, it looks unlikely but T20 is a different beast.

Teams (from) India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar

Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam (captain), Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Harris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haider Ali.

Match starts: 7:30 pm IST.

Published at Sat, 23 Oct 2021 03:45:21 -0500