1992 cricket world cup champion Inzamam-ul-haq has said that India has got good side for the upcoming big match against Pakistan. Inzy believes that Indian side in much stronger on papers than Pakistan team for 15 February big clash. He also mentioned in his exclusive column for ICC that team India will have more pressure than Pakistan as they have been unbeaten against us in previous five matches of world cup.
He said, “India carry the pressure of keeping their unscathed record of not losing against Pakistan in five previous ICC Cricket World Cup games. Misbah-ul-Haq has a pressure of changing history with a Pakistan team, which I believe, is not as strong on paper as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men.”
Former Pakistan captain also believes that Pakistan selectors have picked a young side for such a first big match in world cup. Inzamam Ul Haq said that doing bat first in a crucial match is always key to release pressure and India have won 4 times the toss out of five cricket world cup games against us.
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Inzamam said, “I believe the selectors have picked up too many youngsters for such a big event and we are definitely short of experience. I believe batting first is always an advantage as batsmen tend to get under pressure while chasing in big games. India has won four of the five toss against us in ICC Cricket World Cups games and our batsmen stumbled in all four run-chases.”
1992 world cup hero also accepts that Pakistan had chances to beat India in all matches but they didn’t play well in the crucial moments.
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He said, “But having said that, I think we had our chances in Sydney (1992), Bangalore (1996), Manchester (1999) and even at Mohali (2011). I can’t find a suitable word to describe what goes wrong when we chase against India, but it’s more like a mental blockage of players on which I’m sure Pakistan team management will be working on.”
Though Inzamam ul haq said that Pakistan fought well to defeat India but our batting was disaster. He also accepts that Pakistan bowlers can surprise Indian top order batsmen like Rohit, Raina, Kohli and Dhoni though Junaid, Gul and Ajmal are not the part of team.
Inzy wrote, “If one closely look at our previous five ICC Cricket World Cup encounters against India, we didn’t give up easily and it were all well contested matches. In most of these games our bowlers had done well, but it was the batting which gave us headache.”
“Of course injuries to Umar Gul, Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan, and unavailability of Saeed Ajmal has depleted the Pakistan bowling resources, but I still believe if Irfan and Afridi deliver the early punches, Pakistan has a chance to trouble the likes of Kohlis, Rainas, Sharmas and Dhonis,” he added.