Former Pakistan batsman Mudassar Nazar feels that India opener Rohit Sharma is going to be the dangerous batsman from the Indian side in the upcoming T20 World Cup, starting October 17 in Oman and the UAE.
Sharma has been in terrific form over the past few years; his rise as a Test opener in the last couple of years, especially on the recent England tour, will further boost his confidence ahead o the World Cup.
Mudassar Nazar, who played over 150 internationals for Pakistan, highlighted that Sharma’s form is imperative for India when Virat Kohli has been struggling for a while.
“In T20 cricket, if one batter plays a special innings or if a bowler comes up with a good two to three over spell, it matters a lot. The way India’s batters performed in England recently, it was outstanding. Virat Kohli was scoring century after century earlier but his performances have dipped in recent times. Rohit Sharma will be the danger man in the T20 World Cup,” Mudassar Nazar told ‘Cricket Pakistan’ website.
Overall India are much better than Pakistan: Mudassar Nazar
India and Pakistan will clash on October 24 in Dubai for their first game in the Super 12 stage. Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup encounter, be it ODI or T20. However, they did defeat their neighbours in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.
Mudassar Nazar observed that the Men In Blue are a much better outfit than their Asian counterparts. He asserted that if Babar Azam’s team can defeat India, they will gain crucial momentum early on in the tournament.
“If we compare the strengths of the two teams, India are much ahead of Pakistan. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy which Pakistan won, they had lost the first game to India. But on the day, in the final, Pakistan beat them. Around the semi-final, they had started playing some outstanding cricket.
“I hope they can do well this time as well. If we manage to beat India in the first match, we will get great momentum. But overall, India are much better than Pakistan,” the 65-year-old opined.
New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two other teams who will qualify from Round 1 are clubbed alongside India and Pakistan in the same group in the Super 12 stage.