Probably INDIA vs PAKISTAN T20 WC Australia is the most talked about match of the year. Where India is looking to take revenge for last year’s World cup match and Pakistan is getting strong day by day. I believe this Pakistani squad is the strongest squad and most balanced squad Pakistan had in recent years.
INDIA’s World cup Squad
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ Harshal Patel, Axar Patel/ R. Ashwin
The Indian team looked super solid in terms of the batting department and the Top 3 batsman of the Indian line were in form in the last few matches. Who can forget Kohli’s much-awaited 71st century against Afghanistan. Apart from the Top 3 the X- factor of the Indian team is “Surya Kumar Yadav”. His recent form and amazing strike rate have proven why he is a super-important player. His ability to play 360 degrees makes him a complete player. At the 5 spot, there will be India’s best all-rounder Hardik Pandya and the way he has shown calmness and trusted himself in crucial situations makes him Mr. Dependable.
There will be a tough call between Dinesh Kartik and Rishabh Pant (India will most likely be inclined toward DK because of his pinch-hitting ability). The most talked about portion of the Indian team is the weak bowling attack. I agree that Pakistan is way ahead of India in the bowling department. India has Yuzi Chahal, but he was super expensive in the last T20 games against England and South Africa. Axar Patel can be an option, but he has a poor track record here in Australia. Indian Pace attacks look really dull without Jaspreet Bumrah.
Pakistan’s World cup Squad
Babar Azam ©, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan (vc), Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Usman Qadir
Pakistan looks a bit more balanced and spicier team than the Indian team on paper. Pakistani team has a balance of good all-rounders and a strong bowling attack led by Shaheen Afridi. At the top, we have ICC ranking world no 1 and no 3, Rizwan and Babar respectively. Both are in good touch and scored centuries in England series. The only area of concern is Pakistan’s middle order where India is far stronger and has experience in the middle order. Apart from that, Pakistani spinners are in good form and doing good for their side. Who can forget the heroic act of bowling by Shahin Afridi in last year’s world cup game against India? Haris Rauf has done a great job, he has defended 7-8 runs in the last over. Overall, bowling is the X factor of the Pakistani team.
Let’s see who will play better on the day and can absorb this big game pressure well.
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