Former England skipper Nasser Hussain gave his say on the India-Pakistan World Cup clash during his exclusive interview with the Pak Passion. Net. He feels that whatever stage of the tournament it is, an India Pakistan clash is always a big occasion in world sport. Nasser Hussain also added that India will look for payback after getting thrashed at the hands of Pakistan in Champions Trophy final in 2017.
The arch-rivals India and Pakistan are slated to meet each other during the 2019 World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May. The arch-rivals will meet on 16th June at the Old Trafford and all the tickets are already sold out for the big clash. However, there were speculations whether India will play Pakistan in the World Cup especially after the Pulwama attack which killed at least 40 CRPF jawans.
However as it stands now, India should meet Pakistan during the World Cup as missing out on the game might cost India on some very important points. Pakistan has never beaten India in the 50 overs World Cup and will look to break the deadlock. However, India has a superior team and is undoubtedly the overwhelming favourites for the game. Meanwhile, Nasser Hussain feels Pakistan have a huge chance in the 2019 World Cup.
“I am working on India versus Pakistan World Cup game and it was one of the first games I looked to see what am I doing, where I will be on that day and whether I have been given that game to work on. Wherever it is around the world, whatever stage of the tournament, whether it’s in the group stages or knockout stages you know there is a hell of a lot of people not only watching it but are glued to it and any mistake or piece of brilliance is analysed to the nth degree.
It is simply one of the biggest occasions in world sport, let alone world cricket. India will be looking for a bit of payback after the Champions Trophy Final defeat to Pakistan and in general in ICC tournaments India have the wood on Pakistan, but as we saw in that Champions Trophy Final if Pakistan gets it right on the day, they can beat anyone,” Nasser Husain further added.
The former English skipper further added that he loves watching Pakistan because of their passion and the ability to make a comeback from any situation. He recalled the 2017 Champions Trophy when Pakistan was thrashed by 124 runs in the group stages of the tournament.
However, when no one gave them a chance, Pakistan stormed back into the tournament and defeated hosts England and India in the semi-final and the final respectively to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.
How long have you followed Pakistan cricket, you know what they are all about. Many Pakistani fans will say they have followed their team for too long and had their hearts broken many times, but I love them, and I love their cricket. I love them because they are mercurial Pakistan and you wonder which Pakistan will turn up on the day.
I turned up for that Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston against India two years ago and Pakistan was awful, they were terrible, and everyone just presumed that they’d be knocked out of that tournament and nobody would hear from them for a while. But then they turned up and hammered England and hammered India in the final, that is Pakistan cricket for you at its best and that’s why they are so watchable. The fact is that you cannot write off Pakistan for this World Cup,” Nasser Hussain concluded.