Babar Azam and his team are about to try something that no other Pakistani cricket team has ever done: beating India in a World Cup match. They are in front of the world’s biggest cricket stadium, which is packed with passionate fans who are cheering for their local heroes and loudly criticising what most people consider to be the best ODI team in the world.
Babar Azam is facing a task that is similar to starting a difficult climb up Mount Everest when the weather is rough. But last Friday, as Pakistan’s leader Babar Azam and his team finished up their final preparations for this important event, there was a sense of hope in the air.
The game today is a big deal; history is being made, and emotions are running high. The Green Shirts have a chance to make their names known in the history of cricket.
If Pakistan and India play each other again at the end of the World Cup next month, that would be the only thing that could possibly be bigger than this match.
Today, at the 132,000-seat Narendra Modi Stadium, Pakistan will try to break what is probably the most famous curse in the history of the cricket World Cup. Pakistan has lost all seven of its World Cup games so far, but India is the clear pick to win this one.
India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, said on Friday that the hosts have not only done everything they need to, but they also have the momentum.
India easily won back the Asia Cup by beating Pakistan by 228 runs before the World Cup. They did this after winning a home match against Australia. The Indians beat Australia and Afghanistan easily in their first two games of the World Cup, which is still going on.
It was great to see how well the bowlers played. The bowlers have put pressure on the batters whenever they could, whether it was with spin or seam. He told reporters in Ahmedabad, “All the batsmen have scored runs.”
India also has good news: Shubman Gill, a powerful hitter who missed the first two games because of dengue, has recovered and is ready to play.
Pakistan came earlier this month, but they looked very lost after losing the Asia Cup. Unfortunately, Pakistan lost a key pacer in Naseem Shah to illness, which was a blow. However, their wins against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, in which they set the highest run-chase in World Cup history, have been a welcome boost.
When asked what he thought about Pakistan’s terrible record against India in the World Cup, Babar didn’t say much.
He said, “I don’t think about the past.” “Let’s think about what’s coming up, because we all know that records are meant to be broken.” Just like in the first two games, we will try to play well, and how you play on the day will decide who wins.
Most experts say that a match between Pakistan and India, especially a big World Cup game, is a battle of nerves. The team that can handle pressure the best wins.
Babar agreed that it would be important to deal with the stress of playing a tough opponent in one’s own country. He quickly added that he thought it was a “golden chance.”
“I told the players it was their best chance to do well.” The stadium is big enough to fit a lot of people. We’re lucky to have this chance to play for these fans.
This event’s hosts could feel the heat because India has become the team to beat. This is especially true when they play in front of a huge home crowd.
Wasim Akram, who used to be captain of Pakistan, doesn’t agree, though.
“I don’t think India would be under any pressure from what people at home want them to do.” They have a lot of senior players, like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who have played a lot of tough games over the years. Wasim told ‘The News’ that they could help the young players in their team.
“I think Pakistan’s players will have to really put in their best effort to upset India.” He also said, “I hope they will do it.”
It will be great for Pakistan if their batting works as well as it did during their famous run chase against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad on Tuesday, when Abdullah Shafiq and Muhammad Rizwan both hit tonnes. They will also need starter Imam-ul-Haq to score some runs, but captain Babar, who hasn’t been at his best yet, will be the most important player. The bigger worry for Pakistan is their bowling attack, which hasn’t done much to impress in their two wins. Shaheen Shah Afridi, the team’s lead fast bowler, has just taken two wickets for 113 runs in two games. He was supposedly nursing a finger injury.
But Babar is sure that Shaheen will do well in today’s big movie. “He’s our main bowler.” “Shaheen himself thinks he is a great bowler for big games,” Babar said.
Pakistan probably won’t make any changes to the eleven players that beat Sri Lanka in Hyderabad, where the crowd cheered for Babar and his team.
It’s likely to be very different in Ahmedabad, which is where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi grew up.
Babar thinks, though, that his team is ready to do their best. They will have to because anything less won’t do in Ahmedabad today.