One of the Pakistan’s senior most cricketers Inzamam-ul-Haq hopes to see their national team create history in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by defeating the arch-rivals India in the opening match in Adelaide.
He said, “Throughout my career we beat India in many matches but for some reason we never managed to get the better of them in World Cup matches and it remains a disappointment for me. I hope that this Pakistan team can beat India in a World Cup game.”
It is noteworthy that Inzamam appeared in 120 Tests and 378 one-day internationals while taking part in five World Cup campaigns. He recollected, “The pressures of playing in the World Cup are different but it was because we coped with them in 1992 under Imran Khan’s guidance and influence that we won the Cup.”
Inzamam also noted that while Pakistan would miss the services of Saeed Ajmal in the upcoming World Cup, the other players needed to step in and put up their hands.
He added, “We also lost Waqar before the 92 World Cup and we had some fitness issues but under Imran’s captaincy the others filled in the gap and that is what is required in this event as well.”
Inzamam said the key to doing well in a World Cup was collective efforts and players backing each other up.
“I think it is very important to play as a complete unit and the players are fortunate to have seasoned campaigners like Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed, Moin Khan and Grant Flower to guide them,” Inzamam said.
Inzamam said the World Cup quarter final defeat to India in 1996 and then the defeat at the Centurion ground in World Cup 2003 still rankled him.
“Losing those games was disappointing but now this team has the opportunity to set things right,” he noted.
He said he expected a very close and tense match as both sides had their strong and weak points.