Former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis definitely knows a thing or two about how tough it is to beat India in World Cups. So far, India and Pakistan have met six times in the World Cup and the former have ended up on the winning side on each occasion. Both the teams are now gearing up to take on each other in a World Cup clash once again on Sunday (June 16).
And as Pakistan look top register their first-ever win over India in World Cup, Waqar Younis has advised his compatriots to bring an “A-plus” performance in order to beat India. Pakistan’s campaign in the ongoing competition is not very promising so far. They started the tournament with a seven-wicket defeat against West Indies.
In the following game, they stunned England before their tie against Sri Lanka was washed out. In their fourth outing, they suffered a 41-run defeat at the hands of defending champions Australia at Taunton. The Men in Green are now languishing at the eighth spot in the 10-team table with just three points from 4 games. India, on the other hand, have won two games while one of their games was washed out.
“When Pakistan play India it’s always a huge game, but their meeting on Sunday is shaping up to be more crucial than ever,” Waqar Younis wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council.
“If Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to bring an A-plus performance and win that game. The match has always meant so much to both countries. There will be billions watching the game,” he added.
Waqar also said Pakistan could take heart from the last major one-day international tournament in England and Wales, when they lost to India in their opening match of the 2017 Champions Trophy only to bounce back in style to thrash them by 180 runs in the final.