The upcoming clash between India and Pakistan is going to be a high-profile event with the fans set to attend in big number. The flamboyant Indian team will be taking on Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan, who are wounded with the loss facing Australia. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar asks Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to tackle Mohammad Amir and Co in a positive way.
As the 2 teams only meet each other in multi-nation tournaments, the clash is a mouth-watering prospect for fans and cricketers alike. Meanwhile, the former cricketers and experts gave their opinions speaking of the game.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli should play long innings:
In the latest, the stalwart Indian player Sachin Tendulkar in an exclusive chat with India Today said that Pakistan has a very potent pace attack, especially with Mohammad Amir returning to form with a five-for against Australia in their last match.
“Rohit and Virat are the 2 more experienced players in the lineup and Pakistan would be focussing on getting them early without any doubt as that opens the game for them. Amir and Wahab Riaz will definitely target their wickets early on. But Rohit and Virat should also be looking to play long innings. the plan should be that the rest of the guys play around them,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.
Stay positive – Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar is sure that Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz would attack Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma continuously, as they can take the game away from the opposition. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar wants the duo to be wary of the Pakistan attack and play a positive cricket even while defending.
“He was hitting the right areas and made (Aaron) Finch’s life difficult. I wouldn’t go in with a negative mindset of playing dot balls against him. Get an opportunity. I would encourage India to play their shots and stay positive. It’s not about survival. Rather, going out there and even defend positively. No need to do anything different. We need to be aggressive in all departments. The body language is important. The bowler knows that you’re in control if you defend confidently,” said Sachin.
In all the six World Cup meetings that Pakistan and India have played till date, the Men in Blue have remained unbeaten; and given their present form, they are once again set to head into the encounter as favourites.
As far as the points table is concerned, the Indian National Cricket Team is placed thirds in the table with five points in their kitty after the rain washout against Kiwis. Meanwhile, Pakistan is at third from the bottom with three points in their 4 games.