India’s perfect start to the World Cup faced a roadblock on Thursday as their game against New Zealand was washed out. India’s undefeated run has not ended but they must have been ruing the opportunity to win three games in a row. Well, Team India will have a chance to registered their third win when they take on Pakistan on Sunday. And ahead of the marquee clash, legendary Sachin Tendulkar has shared a plan with Team India on how to face a potent Pakistan bowling attack.
The last time India had faced Pakistan in England, their batting had come a cropper. Led by Mohammad Amir, Pakistan had bowled out India for just 158 while defending 338. Amir is looking dangerous for India once again. The left-arm pacer took 5 for just 30 against Australia and looks set to pose a tough problem for India.
“Rohit and Virat are the 2 more experienced players in the lineup and Pakistan would be focussing on getting them early without any doubt as that opens the game for them. Amir and Wahab Riaz will definitely target their wickets early on. But Rohit and Virat should also be looking to play long innings. the plan should be that the rest of the guys play around them,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.
The Indian top-order has faced difficulties while playing left-arm pacers in recent times. The likes of Trent Boult, Jason Behrendorff and Amir have enjoyed good success against India. Well, Tendulkar had a word of advise for the struggling Indian batsmen ahead of the fight against Amir and Wahab Riaz.
“If you get an opportunity, I would encourage India to play their shots and stay positive. It’s not about survival but rather going out there and even defend positively. No need to do anything different. We need to be aggressive in all departments. The body language is important – the bowler knows that you’re in control if you defend confidently,” said Sachin Tendulkar.
India, meanwhile, are favourites to win against Pakistan. Not only form but history is also in India’s favour. India have never lost to Pakistan in six World Cup meetings.