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Ahead of the World Cup, Pakistani player’s rhetoric, ‘We will register a Champions Trophy-like victory over India’

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali is confident that his team can take inspiration from their 2017 Champions Trophy final win over arch-rivals India in the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup. After this, the Pakistani team played India twice in 50-over matches but lost both the Asia Cup in Dubai in 2018 and the ODI World Cup in Manchester in 2019.

There is a lot of rhetoric from the Pakistani camp before any global competition but so far they have not been able to beat India in 50 overs or T20 over World Cup matches. Rather they have not been able to beat India in the practice matches.

“When we won the Champions Trophy (in 2017), it was a very good time for us and we will try to beat India again in the T20 World Cup,” Hasan said in a virtual media conference on Wednesday. We will give our best. Playing against India is always a pressure match as the fans of both the countries have high expectations.

He also said that the match between India and Pakistan is always the most watched in global competitions. “Even people who normally don’t watch cricket matches watch India vs Pakistan matches, so there is a lot of pressure on the players but we will do our best,” Hasan said.

He also feels that the spinners will dominate the UAE but that does not mean that the fast bowlers will not be able to do well in the dry conditions there.

“We know how to bowl in those conditions but yes, you can see that all the teams have got a lot of spinners,” Hasan said.

Hasan admitted that he was disappointed with Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis stepping down as head coach and bowling coach ahead of the World Cup. He said, ‘To be honest, I was disappointed because the World Cup is about to come and he left the post.’

Hasan said, ‘But it is not in our hands as players and it will be taken care of by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Our job is to play and win as many matches by playing well for Pakistan.

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