ICC World Cup 2019: Wasim Akram Bats for Calmness Ahead of India-Pakistan Encounter
Legendary cricketer Wasim Akram has urged fans of India and Pakistan should maintain calm approach as the two fierce rivals and competitors will lock horns on super Sunday (June 16) at the Old Trafford in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019.
“India and Pakistan playing at the World Cup with over a billion audience is the biggest thing in cricket, so my message to both sets of fans to enjoy it and stay calm, Akram told AFP.
Moreover, the veteran left-arm fast bowler has termed it as the mega contest between the arch-rivals in the United Kingdom (UK). Well, India has the upper hand over Pakistan as they’ve clinched all six matches in which faced off each other.
Former Pakistan skipper Akram believes it’s not a war on the field, but just a cricket match with too many emotions attached to it.
There is always one winner:
Akram also reiterated that those who try to inflame the situation are not die-hard fans. He further urged fans to enjoy the game rather than escalating tense situations between the neighbouring countries.
“This can’t be bigger. One team will win, one team will lose, so stay graceful and do not take this as a war. Those who project this match as war are not true cricket fans,” Akram added.
A black market has further hit the sell-out clash with tickets being sold at £2,500, which is roughly estimated as 2,19,929 (INR). Also, this indicates how Indo-Pak game is being seen in the cricketing world.
Concurrently, Akram is commentating at the World Cup. Over the years, the political relationship between Pakistan and India has remained tense due to the skirmishes at the border in particular.
With both teams enjoying their strong fanbase, Akram who has had himself been involved in his heydays asked who else could under the pressure-cooker situation better than him. He added, he often waited to face India in a bid to witness players from both teams giving their cent per cent.
“Who can realise the pressure more than me? I used to look forward to a match against India. Because it brings the best out of the players from both the sides,” Akram revealed.
Akram, who himself featured in three World Cup against India where they eventually lost to India between 1992 and 2003, believes Pakistan is capable of beating India. Back in 1996, he picked shoulder injury before India thumped the Men in Greem in the quarter-final clash.
Akram admitted the fact that India have a dominant batting order. He added Pakistan has the skill-sets to match their rivals.
“Yes, India have a strong batting and bowling line up but Pakistan can match them. When it comes to India and Pakistan game the team that handles the pressure well wins the day,” he said.
While reminiscing about his campaign against India, Akram added he has thoroughly enjoyed India-Pakistan games like many other fans.
“Pakistan can beat India through controlled aggression. Yes, I don’t have fond memories of the World Cup matches against India. But I have enjoyed all these matches over the years as fans are glued to television wherever they are. It will be like that again on Sunday,” Akram elaborated.
Bad weather looms large ahead of India-Pakistan game at the Old Trafford:
Akram is all set to witness another enthralling contest as rain threat looms large in Manchester. He is hoping that rain won’t disrupt the much-awaited high-octane clash.
“I surely hope that the rain stays off. Fans want to watch full matches, intense and lively so we all hope that rain stays away,” Akram concluded.
With India starting as clear favourites, they’ve won two out of three matches, as their last game got washed out against New Zealand at the Trent Bridge. But Pakistan is struggling while winning just a solitary game in its four outings.
So far, they’ve had lost against the Windies and Australia. Also, they have bagged a point from a washed out game against Sri Lanka.
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