Wahab Riaz is well known for his fiery spells. He also has the ability to tonk the ball out of the park. In anticipation of the India-Pakistan clash at the upcoming World Cup, he has made a bold statement. In an interview with Pakpassion.net, he claimed Pakistan could come out on top and break the World Cup jinx.
Wahab believes that their familiarity with UAE and its conditions will help them. Pakistan, he felt, could beat any team in the world if it played to its full ability.
“They definitely have the ability to achieve that result. If Pakistan plays to its potential, it can beat any team in the world, including India. Twenty20 cricket is such a format that the whole match can turn in the space of a few balls or even one incident, and the Pakistan versus India match will be no different. If Pakistan plays at their best, they can certainly beat India,” Wahab said.
“Given the conditions and where it’s being held, I believe Pakistan has a very good chance of winning the tournament. Pakistan has played a lot of cricket in the UAE, giving them a very good chance to win the competition. They’ll be familiar with the conditions, and they’ll know what the ball will do. If they can utilize the conditions and use them to their advantage, then there is no reason why they can’t be considered amongst the leading contenders for the title,” he added.
The Men in Blue have a proud record of being unbeaten against Pakistan in the World Cups. In the inaugural T20 World Cup, the two Asian giants were involved in the summit clash. India had won the coin toss and opted to bat first. After losing the openers Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa, Gambhir steadied the ship with 75 from 54 balls.
Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, was taken out by a Umar Gul delivery. The innings stalled between over 14 and 18 when MS Dhoni was dismissed for 6 by Gul. India reached 157 for 5 in 20 overs because of some late-order hammering from Rohit Sharma. Gul was the top bowler for Pakistan, taking three wickets, while Asif and Sohail Tanvir each took one.
Pakistan lost Hafeez in the opening over of the chase, while Akmal was bowled by R. P. Singh with an in-swinger. Imran Nazir was run out Robin Uthappa on 31 after a twenty-one run-over from S. Sreesanth. A quick collapse began with the wickets of Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, and Yasir Arafat, reducing Pakistan to 77 for 6. With help from the tail-enders, Misbah-ul-Haq stayed tough at the other end and got to within thirteen runs of the goal.
However, he lost his wicket when he gambled on playing a scoop over short fine leg. India won by five runs as a consequence. MS Dhoni and Co. became overnight heroes. It is a memory etched deeply in the minds of all Indian Cricket fans.
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