As the World Cup is drawing near, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed issued a big warning to Team India. The much-awaited World Cup will kickstart on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa in the tournament opener. Pakistan will open their World Cup campaign on the very next day against two-time champions West Indies. India, on the other hand, will kickstart their campaign against South Africa on June 5.
And the marquee clash between India and Pakistan will take place on June 16. India will definitely start as favorites not only because of the current form but also because of their track record against their arch-rivals in the World Cup. India and Pakistan have so far played six games against each other in the World Cup and the former have won on all the occasions. However, Sarfraz Ahmed is in no mood to be bogged down by the stats and numbers as he looks to lead his team to glory.
“As a captain, all matches are the same for me. We need to win matches against all teams, not just India. Everyone wants us to win against India, but we will play every match in the World Cup as though we are facing India. We’ll play against Afghanistan as though we’re playing India so we’ll be focused on all teams,” said Sarfraz Ahmed at a presser before Pakistan team’s departure to England.
Sarfraz also reminded everyone of Pakistan’s historic win over India in the final of 2017 Champions Trophy.
“True (lost all WC matches to India) but remember we recently beat them in a big event by a big margin so we might have a bit of an advantage due to that,” he said.
Meanwhile, before the World Cup, Pakistan will play one T20I and five ODIs against England. The T20I will take place on May 5 before the ODIs start three days later.