T20 World Cup: Javed Miandad said everyone will in Babar Azam’s Pakistan team will have to contribute to beat Virat Kohli’s India when they face each other in Dubai later this month.
India and Pakistan last played against each other in the 2019 World Cup in England (AFP Photo)
- Pakistan and India will lock horns in the T20 World Cup on Oct 24 in Dubai
- Pakistan have never beaten India in a ICC World Cup game
- Pakistan have been drawn alongside India, Afghanistan, New Zealand and two qualifiers in Group 2
Former cricketer Javed Miandad urged Pakistan to “play without fear and pressure” when they take on India in their opening game of the T20 World Cup in Dubai later this month.
Miandad said everyone will in Babar Azam’s Pakistan team will have to contribute to beat Virat Kohli’s Team India, who will be heading into the tournament as one of the strong favourites to lift their second title.
“The match against India will be crucial to getting momentum in the tournament. They are a strong side and have several top players but if we can play without fear and pressure and everyone does his bit we can beat them,” Miandad said.
“T20 format is one where people think that one or two players can win you matches but I look at it this way that in this format everyone needs to contribute in some way or the other for a team to be a winning outfit,” Miandad told GEO TV.
The former Pakistan captain believes that the Pakistan team has the capability of doing well in the event if it puts in a collective effort.
“In this format even a small innings of 20 or a crucial catch or run-out or a good over can win you matches so everyone has to put in his bit. This format is about a collective effort from the team,” he signed off.
All eyes of the cricketing fraternity will be on the mega-clash in Dubai as Pakistan will look to register their first World Cup win over India in white-ball cricket. Pakistan and India have met 5 times in the T20 World Cup with the latter winning 4 games while one game produced no result.
Pakistan have been drawn alongside India, Afghanistan, New Zealand and two qualifiers in Group 2. Pakistan’s recent preparations for the tournament were severely hit after New Zealand and England cancelled their limited-overs tours to the country due to security concerns.
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