Former fast bowler Aaqib Javed believes that Pakistan would have to play exceptionally well if they want to beat India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. The two teams will meet for the first time in international cricket since the World Cup in 2019.
The fast bowler, who claimed against a hat-trick against India, claimed the Men in Blue can easily beat the Babar Azam-led team in the ICC event. Just for the record, India lead Pakistan 12-0 in World Cups.
“For India, they don’t need to peak. They can just play normally, to their strengths and still beat Pakistan. But if Pakistan are to win, they have to play better than their best cricket that day. So at the moment, they appear the favourites. India have Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul… so many match-winners. Jasprit Bumrah is such a terrific bowler. If you look at their overall team, they look favourites to win the World Cup,” Javed told Sana Ajmal on her YouTube channel.
He wants PCB to make few changes if the team is beat the arch-rivals for the first time. “Although India are favourites to beat Pakistan, things can turn out slightly different on that day. If Pakistan are to win, they need to make a few changes to their squad. For example, Fakhar Zaman should definitely be brought in because some players always perform well against certain teams.
“For Pakistan, the T20 World Cup is one thing and playing India is another altogether. Fakhar played an aggressive innings at the Champions Trophy. If he is included and he fires, Babar Rizwan scores some runs, Babar gets going, or even someone like Hafeez makes a mark, these four batsmen can score against quality bowling in pressure situations.”