The two neighbouring countries – India and Pakistan are gearing up for the marquee clash on the super Sunday on June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. As the players gear up for the all-important tie, the verbal game off the field has already started. Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir who has a good World Cup so far is upbeat about beating arch-rivals India.
Meanwhile, the game has already garnered a lot of attention in the wake of the Pulwama attack in February. There were claims from certain Indian sections to boycott the game, especially from cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir. But ICC has decided to go with the schedule, and it has garnered a lot of craze among the fans. The prize of the tickets are also on an all-time high and has received the most number of applications.
Pakistan didn’t have an excellent start to the World Cup losing two games, the last against Australia yesterday by 41 runs. However, Mohammad Amir had a good game despite having a poor show leading to the World Cup. He picked a five-wicket haul against Australia and a total of ten wickets – the most so far in the tournament. As Pakistan look to return to winning ways against India, Amir sounded upbeat about beating the second-ranked ODI side.
Pakistan will look to take confidence from the fact that they demolished India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final in 2017. Mohammad Amir admitted that they will come out with a positive mindset and give their best against the Men in Blues.
“All games are pressure games in the World Cup, same for India. We’ll have to come with a positive mindset against India. We have to win every game now and we’ll try our best,” Amir said to Pakpassion. “Definitely, we can beat India. Today also our batting took the game deep. If we’re a bit more mentally strong, insha’Allah we will win,” he added.