India and Pakistan are all set to face-off in the Super 12 stage of the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be held in UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14. India and Pakistan have been placed in Group 2, which also features New Zealand and Afghanistan. Two more teams will join the group from Round 1. The India and Pakistan clash is a much-anticipated one since the two arch-rivals only meet in ICC tournaments due to the strained political relations between the two countries. As we wait for the marquee clash, here are five reasons why India should beat Pakistan in the T20 World Cup encounter.
1. Amazing depth in their batting line-up
India may have gone down in the T20 series to Sri Lanka but the reason for the same is out in the open. At full strength, India’s batting line-up is among the best in the world. And it has only got better with the emergence of youngsters, who have progressed from the IPL stage. In Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, India have three genuine match-winners. And now, both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have also proved that they have it in them to succeed at the top level. Shreyas Iyer impressed before getting injured. Also, Shikhar Dhawan, who displayed good form in Sri Lanka, might not even find a place in the starting XI.
2. Pakistan’s over-dependence on Babar and Rizwan
Pakistan are struggling in the batting department. Their over-dependence on skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan has been pretty evident over the last year. Fakhar Zaman has done reasonably well but keep him aside and no one else has grabbed his opportunity in the middle-order. Sharjeel Khan has made a comeback at the top of the order while Sohaib Maqsood hasn’t managed to re-establish himself on return. The lack of options has forced Pakistan to depend on pacer Hasan Ali to deliver with the bat as well.
3. Absence of Mohammad Amir
In the context of an Indo-Pak clash, this is massive. Retired left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir had the wood over Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in matches between the two teams. The 2017 Champions Trophy final is a prime example as Amir blew away India’s top three. Both Rohit and Kohli’s struggles against left-arm seamers have been well documented. Kohli failed to fire in the Champions Trophy final despite being given a reprieve. Even in the 2019 World Cup clash, Amir stood out with 3 for 47 even as Pakistan lost. He dismissed Kohli, Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni.
4. India’s better all-round depth
One of the great qualities of the current Indian squad is to fight back from tough situations. They keep finding new heroes for new occasions. In the second ODI in Sri Lanka, India seemed down for all money. However, pacer Deepak Chahar lifted his game and took India to victory with a defiant half-century. Young leggie Rahul Chahar also stood up and made an impact when the main bowlers were in isolation. From Washington Sundar (if available) to Shardul Thakur, India are blessed with utility players in the T20 format.
5. The psychological edge
When it comes to ICC events, India have a massive advantage over Pakistan. They have never lost to their arch-rivals in the 50-over World Cup. India and Pakistan met in the World Cup for the first time in 1992 and, since then, India have always gone past the winning line. Even in the T20 World Cup, India have been victorious in all five clashes between the two teams. The only aberration for India against Pakistan in ICC events came during the 2017 Champions Trophy final, in which they were outclassed by Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men. But Kohli’s India will clearly go in with the upper hand over Azam’s Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.