5 undeniable reasons why India will beat Pakistan
India and Pakistan will clash in another heart racing World T20 encounter this evening at the Eden Gardens. The Men in Blue lost their first match against New Zealand quite comprehensively, but India have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup encounter, and here are five undeniable reasons why the streak is mostly likely to get going.
History: It will definitely boost up MS Dhoni’s side. India have so far played 7 T20I matches against their arch rivals, the first one being the now memorable tied match in the ICC World T20 2007, in which India got the points on a bowl out. India are 5-1 against Pakistan in those 7 matches, with Pakistan having one just one T20I against India, in Bangalore in 2013. In their last World T20 clash, India beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the 2014 version held in Bangladesh.
Experience: It is another major factor Team India can draw motivation from. Only three players in the current Pakistan team have faced India in last World T20. These are: Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. India, on the other hand, have nine experienced players who have faced the Pakistani team in last tournaments – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Recent Success: India may have lost some edge after losing to New Zealand a fortnight ago. But still they have momentum in their own hands. The very last time they met the Green Shirts in a T20I match was in the recently concluded Micromax Asia Cup T20, where India had dismissed Pakistan for just 83 runs to win by five wickets. So this will be another reason why India are most likely to deny the Pakistanis another Mauka.
Lessons Learnt: India don’t have much inspiration to draw from their defeat against New Zealand, but they of course have lots of lessons to learn. Their loss to the Black Caps displayed one of the most fatal flaws in the Indian team, their tendency to get complacent when they are doing well. India read the pitch wrong and New Zealand just trapped the batsmen who were playing with hard hands on a turning pitch and demolished India by 47 runs. This should serve as a good wake-up call for India in terms of the tournament and should, at least make them aware of the challenge ahead of them in form of Pakistan.
The Virat Kohli: And last but not the least, there is one Virat Kohli in Indian set-up, who alone is more than capable of turning the tide and help India emerge victorious. Kohli has truly been in sublime form of late and is an absolute nightmare for any bowler when he is on song. He has enjoyed good success against Pakistan having led the Indian charge against them in the Asia Cup and the last year’s World Cup encounter. Kohli is a big game player and India’s key man in run-chases in crunch situations. The Amir versus Kohli battle throws up a mouth-watering prospect once again. But experts are backing the Indian vice-captain to make a difference.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com