Archive photo of Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam© AFP
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan kick off their T20 World Cup campaign on October 23 at Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground with a game against each other. Much is at stake as the two sides will meet for the 14th time in a World Cup match. Former Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel has warned the Rohit Sharma-led side of Pakistan’s approach in the highly anticipated clash. Pakistan had beaten India when the two sides met in the 2021 T20 World Cup and Parthiv believes the win must have boosted morale of the Babar Azam-led side.
It is worth noting that before 2021, both India and Pakistan faced each other a total of 12 times in a World Cup match, with the latter losing all those matches. But a 10-wicket win last year helped Pakistan break the 1-12 head-to-head record.
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan faced each other twice in the recently concluded Asian Cup with Rohit and co. win one game and Pakistan win the other.
“Now Pakistan would come out with a different mentality. They didn’t expect to beat India by 10 wickets in the last T20 World Cup. But here (in Asia Cup) they beat India once and they already beat India in that World Cup match (in 2021). So they would think differently. They would think ‘we can beat this side’ because before that they hadn’t beat India in any World Cup match in a long time. So there will be another one of some kind challenge for India to participate in the World Cup,” says Parthiv on Cricbuzz.
In the 2022 Asia Cup, which took place in T20 format, India failed to advance to the final while Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the top match.
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