IND vs PAK: Five Players to Watch in the India-Pakistan Clash

Published on: 9 Jun 2024 7:48 AM GMT
IND vs PAK: Five Players to Watch in the India-Pakistan Clash

**New Delhi:** The much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash in the ICC T20 World Cup is set to take place today. Matches between India and Pakistan are always considered battles of prestige, and today's game promises to be an exciting encounter. Pakistan's team always puts in their best effort against India, and today’s match is seen as a 'do or die' situation for them. A loss would make their path forward difficult. On the other hand, Team India will aim to maintain their winning streak by defeating Pakistan.

In the 2022 World Cup, India delivered a crushing blow to Pakistan by winning on the last ball. Historically, India has always had the upper hand in global tournaments against Pakistan. Both teams appear strong on paper, but it’s the performance on the field that counts. Matches between India and Pakistan are always special, earning them the title of ‘mega clash.’ Today in New York, all eyes will be on the performances of these teams. Five players, in particular, are expected to play pivotal roles in this match.

#### **Virat Kohli**

Former Team India captain Virat Kohli displayed excellent batting in this year's IPL, winning the Orange Cap. Although he didn’t perform well in the last match against Ireland, Kohli’s record against Pakistan in T20 World Cups is impressive. He has often led India to memorable victories over Pakistan in World Cup matches. During the last T20 World Cup, Kohli's incredible batting helped India secure a dramatic win against Pakistan. Fans will be watching to see how Kohli handles Pakistan's fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Amir today.

#### **Rohit Sharma**

Team India captain Rohit Sharma’s batting will also be crucial. Though his IPL performance this year was below expectations, he redeemed himself in the last match against Ireland with a stellar innings of 52 runs off 37 balls, including four fours and three sixes. Rohit Sharma’s ability to disrupt the rhythm of Pakistan’s fast bowlers will be key. Conversely, Pakistan will aim to dismiss Sharma early to prevent India from posting a large score.

#### **Babar Azam**

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been the backbone of his team’s batting in recent years. When Azam scores well, Pakistan looks formidable. Currently in good form, Azam played a brilliant innings of 44 runs against the USA. In the 2021 World Cup, Azam led Pakistan to victory with a match-winning performance. If India’s bowlers can dismiss Azam early, Pakistan could be in trouble. Pakistan, however, will rely on Azam to play a big innings against India.

#### **Shaheen Shah Afridi**

Indian batsmen must be cautious in the initial overs against Pakistan’s fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi. Afridi has often wreaked havoc on India with the new ball, taking crucial early wickets in past matches. Today, Pakistan captain Babar Azam will look to Afridi to dismiss Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli quickly, keeping India’s score low. The battle between Afridi and India’s top batsmen will be one to watch.

Mohammad Amir**

Mohammad Amir’s return to the Pakistani team has added new strength. After coming out of international retirement, Amir is known for his swing bowling, which has troubled even the best batsmen. Amir played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s victory in the 2017 Champions Trophy. Today, he will target India’s key batsmen, making the contest between Amir and India’s top order a highlight of the match.



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