There are still two days left before India and Pakistan lock horns in the much-awaited clash in Manchester. However, it has not stopped two of the biggest sporting icons of these countries – Virender Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar from starting the war of words. Sehwag has fully backed India to win the marquee clash, saying that he can’t see Pakistan winning the game.
Virender Sehwag and Akhtar interacted with each on the latter’s Youtube channel. And ahead of the big game, Sehwag was asked about his predictions for the match. Just like his playing days, Sehwag gave an explosive answer as he straightaway shot down Pakistan’s chances in the match.
“Which team are you backing in the next match after considering everything from toss to playing conditions etc.?,” asked Shoaib Akhtar.
In reply, the legendary batsman said:
“I don’t believe that Pakistan will be able to beat India on the 16th in any way whatsoever.”
Akhtar, as expected, was quick to give a different opinion as he said that Pakistan would win the game if they win the toss.
“I feel that if Pakistan wins the toss, they should win. Also, it will open the tournament. After that, any team amongst England, Australia, Pakistan and India can win the tournament,” said Akhtar.
India, meanwhile, have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup game. Both the teams have played six games against each other and India have come out on top on every occasion. Team India look set to win the upcoming encounter too. India have a made fine start to the World Cup, having won both their games before the third was washed out.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have struggled to hit the top gear. They have managed to win just one win from four games and a defeat against India could deal a huge blow to their campaign.
Here is the video posted by Shoaib Akhtar on his YouTube channel: