There is still more than two weeks left before India takes on Pakistan in the World Cup. However, there is little denying the fact that all eyes are on that marquee clash, due to be held in Manchester on June 16. India will definitely start the game as favourites 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.
The two teams last met in the Asia Cup 2019 and India thoroughly dominated the proceedings. Not once but India beat the Men in Green twice before going on to win the Asia for a record seventh time. And ahead of the much-awaited game, senior batsman Suresh Raina has also given his comment on the high-voltage clash.
Raina, who was part of the two World Cup games against Pakistan, said that India will definitely beat Pakistan if they male a good start in the competition.
“I do not think that at this point of time, any of the players will be thinking about Pakistan match because we need to do well in our initial matches and if we will be able to win those matches then I do not think there will be an issue for Pakistan match,” Suresh Raina told ANI.
“But in case we lost some the matches then I can say that there will be pressure on India for Pakistan match…but if we will win first three matches then I do not think our World Cup record is going to break.. and Pakistan cannot beat us..,” he added.
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Raina, who was a part of the victorious Indian team that won the World Cup in 2011, also said that India have a good squad. He said that no team will be able to obstruct India from reaching into the semi-finals if they managed to register a victory in their first three matches.
“We have a good squad for this World Cup with quality players and they are really doing good in all the departments especially in batting and bowling. In this World Cup, we will have to play nine matches and a good start is very important,” said Suresh Raina.
Pakistan, meanwhile, have made a poor start to their World Cup campaign, losing to West Indies by seven wickets. On the other hand, India will start their campaign on June 5.