India will be under pressure when they take on Pakistan in World T20: Rameez Raja.New Delhi: India and Pakistan will clash within a month's time . The last time the two teams met was in the Asia Cup where heroics of Shahid Afridi had won the match for Pakistan.
India TV News Desk 21 Mar 2014, 12:41 PM IST
New Delhi: India and Pakistan will clash within a month's time . The last time the two teams met was in the Asia Cup where heroics of Shahid Afridi had won the match for Pakistan. But this time the two teams will meet in a different format. As the clash between the two arch-rivals of the game of cricket is coming closer experts of the game have started to comment on the possible outcome of the game.
Former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja feels India will be under greater pressure when they take on Pakistan in their Twenty20 World Cup league match in Dhaka on March 21, as they would be keen to avenge their Asia Cup defeat.
"Many pundits believe that the way India lost the Asia Cup match in the final over it has left a scar on them just like Javed Miandad's last ball six in Sharjah did many years ago," Rameez told a Pakistani news channel.
Rameez said although India would be strengthened with the return of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, hard-hitting batsman Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, there would more psychological pressure on them.
"Remember these players, especially Yuvraj and Raina have not been in great form off late, so there will a lot of pressure on them to deliver," he said. Rameez urged the Pakistan team management to take full advantage of their Asia Cup win.
"I think in every team meeting they should recall that victory and create more self-belief in themselves. Especially before the India match. Pakistan goes into this match with a definite advantage," he insisted.
Rameez also felt that the World T20 would be won by a team from the Asian bloc as the conditions and pitches suited them better than the others. "Teams like Australia, England and New Zealand depend heavily on their pace bowlers and I don't think conditions in this World T20 will suit them much," he said.
Rameez said while the selection of players like Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik for the World T20 was a point of debate as there was a general consensus that shortest format was for the younger cricketers, but he felt their presence would prove good for Pakistan.