There isn’t any bigger rivalry in the cricketing world than the mighty India-Pakistan battle. India has an incredible record against Pakistan in the history of the World Cup 2019. The teams first locked horns back in 1992 at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Men in Blue came out trumps by 43 runs. Ever since then Pakistan has lost five matches in a row. Quite expectantly, India is being deemed as the firm favourites to win their clash on June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
There was a doubt over hosting the marquee clash after the Pulwama Attacks in February, but the match is set to take place as per scheduled as of now. In the meantime, Indian left-handed batsman Suresh Raina feels that India has every chance of rolling over their arch-rivals and carry on with their unbeaten streak in the tournament that is considered as the pinnacle of ODI cricket.
“I do not think that at this point of time, any of the players will be thinking about the Pakistan match because we need to do well in our initial matches and if we will be able to win those matches then I do not think there will be an issue for the Pakistan match,” Raina was quoted as saying in the Asian Age.
“But in case we lose some the matches then I can say that there will be pressure on India for the Pakistan match… but if we win the first three matches then I do not think our World Cup record is going to break.. and Pakistan cannot beat us..,” he added.
A good start is very important
India announced their 15-member provisional squad in April and didn’t make any changes to the squad. However, Virat Kohli and Co lost their first warm-up contest against New Zealand but came back to thump Bangladesh. Raina, who’s currently not in contention for a berth in the Indian team, feels reckons that India has a balanced squad and also understands the importance of a good start.
“We have a good squad for this World Cup with quality players and they are really doing good in all the departments especially in batting and bowling. In this World Cup, we will have to play nine matches and a good start is very important,” Raina concluded.