The former Pakistani cricketer and bowling coach Waqar Younis has opined that Pakistan can really beat India in their upcoming encounter in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman. Pakistan has a terrible record against India in World Cups, be it the 50-over or 20-over event; the Men in Green have never beaten the Men in Blue.
Pakistan will be facing off against India in both of their first match of the T20 World Cup 2021 on October 24 in Dubai, which will be their first encounter against one another after the 2019 World Cup match in Manchester. India had given a nice drubbing to Pakistan in that match, given the two sides have not played a bilateral series since 2012-13.
If We Are Able To Negotiate It Well We Can Win The Game: Waqar Younis On Pakistan’ Chances Against India In T20 World Cup
Notably, India had beaten Pakistan in the final of the 2007 World T20 in South Africa’s Johannesburg to become the first-ever T20 World champions. Pakistan then won the tournament in 2009, beating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord’s.
India has since reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2016 editions, including playing the final of the 2014 tournament. However, the match between the arch-rival has much more expectations, and excitement will be in its prime. However, Waqar Younis thinks if Pakistan plays to their ability, they can certainly pull one back on India.
”I honestly believe that Pakistan can beat India in their opening encounter if they play to their potential. It won’t be easy but we certainly have the personnel who can come good.
“It’s a big game and pressure will be on both teams as it will be their first match of the tournament. But the first few deliveries and runs will be crucial but if we are able to negotiate it well we can win the game,” he said while speaking to CricWick.
Pakistan bowling Waqar Younis and head coach Misbah Ul Haq announced their resignations from their respective positions on the same day the PCB announced the Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. However, having coached a current lot of the bowlers, the 49-year-old reckons this bowling attack can defend scores well.