World T20 news March 15, 2014

Embrace the expectation - Hafeez

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India's victory over Pakistan in the inaugural World T20 seven years ago changed the face of cricket, igniting the interest that led to the success of the IPL and creation of sundry other T20 leagues. In the most volatile of formats, the most volatile of rivals will kick off the Super 10 stage of this tournament on Friday, a fixture that is eagerly anticipated the world over, not least in Bangladesh. Unsurprisingly, the subject dominated Pakistan's arrival in Dhaka.

Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan's captain in the shortest format, politely refrained from amping up the pressure, saying it was a game his players should enjoy. Sohail Tanvir went even further with the entente cordial, describing India as having "the strongest batting line-up". Pakistan, who swept India aside in dramatic fashion two weeks ago on the way to the final of the Asia Cup, are obviously at ease with themselves.

"I always say that an India-Pakistan match is full of pressure but you enjoy playing it," Hafeez said. "As a captain I am happy that it's the first match and if you do well in such an opening match you obviously feel much easier in upcoming matches as far as pressure is concerned. Obviously you can't take any team with lighter hands but in an India match, we would want to start off doing well."

Although Pakistan have only beaten India once in five T20s, the memory of their Asia Cup win is still fresh - even if their hero on the night, Shahid Afridi, has not travelled with the team to Bangladesh. Hafeez said that Afridi, now something of an ageing rockstar within a rejuvenated team, had been given extra time to improve his fitness and would join the squad on Monday.

India were missing a talisman of their own during the defeat in Dhaka but Hafeez played down the significance of MS Dhoni's return from a period of rest. Pakistan are the most successful side in the World T20's short history - having lifted the trophy once, to go alongside two semi-finals and the 2007 final - but India could end the tournament in possession of all three global ICC titles. Never mind the history, it is a heady mix.

"We beat India in the Asia Cup and with the exception of any individual it doesn't make any difference," Hafeez said. "But, yes, I understand that there are some key players that can make a difference and Dhoni's leadership has been good in last four, five years. But for us it's not a talking point that he wasn't there and now he is here to lead India. What we need is to play well whoever is our opponent and that is the most important thing.

"The element of pressure is actually a factor of motivation. It is always an extreme pleasure with the crowd response and we always enjoy playing against India and for the upcoming match we are very excited."

Eleven of Pakistan's T20 squad took part in the Asia Cup, with the form of Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Saeed Ajmal particularly impressive, alongside that of Afridi. Pakistan have a reputation for unpredictability but their current form, under new coach, Moin Khan, bodes well. "Momentum in any tournament plays an important role and with sort of cricket we have played in Asia Cup, we have got that momentum," Hafeez said.

Tanvir is one of the T20 specialists added to the side and he has a rare perspective on Pakistan's relationship with India. He made his debut against India at the 2007 tournament, as well as played in the final, and he is one of the few Pakistan players to have experienced playing in the IPL, with Rajasthan Royals, before they were shut out.

"It's been always like this," Tanvir said of the tempestuous nature of Pakistan-India fixtures. "With the inclusion of Dhoni, Raina and Yuvraj, India are I think the strongest batting line-up. But then again, it's not a game of big names, it depends on how you perform on a given day.

"I have played with a lot of Indian players. I shared a dressing room with Ashwin and Yuvi. They are good friends off the field. The tension or the hot gestures that you used to see are still like that, it hasn't changed over the last 10-15 years, but off the field we are good friends." In a few days, those friends will become enemies again.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • indianzen on March 19, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Attitude is what I respect with the PAK. Umar Akmal, Misbah, Hafeez, Tanveer and Ajmal are excellent talents with great thirst to perform well. However, the attitude of Gul, Shehzad, Kamran, Afridi are letting them down...

  • Solid_Snake on March 19, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Pak management don't even know which player to include in which format.. Shoaib Malik's career has been destroyed by our own hands..Shoaib is no T20 material..He is a perfect player for ODI's..But he is given chances one after another in T20..He is constantly failing..Don't know why he is selected again..Strange think tank we got here

  • hellothereeveryone on March 19, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    How come Shoaib Malik is in the team. This guy has not performed in ages and after getting married has gone really downhill????????? On the other hand how come players like Abdul Razzaq are kept out when they were performing till the very last match they played in. An all rounder like Abdul Razzaq deserves to be in the T20 team. He is a match winner on his own. Its nice to see the return of Kamran Akmal though!

  • Solid_Snake on March 19, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @ Nampally:Pakistan might face 3 Afridi's? Lol..Pakistan knows how to counter all of those 3 Afridi's..Pak bowlers have done it in past & they'll do it again.It's Pak batsmen who always lets the team down.I wonder why all admire Indian batsmen so much.Theyare good but hardly performs against Pak...In the contest of "Pak bowlers & Indian Batsmen"....Bowlers always had edge..pick up the last few matches of both the teams..Indian batsmen rarely click against Pak bowlers..They easily score 300+ against any other team..but they are always restricted to an Avg score of less than 250 against Pak..& that only happens when Dhoni or Kohli scores.. The real battle starts when Pak batsmen are out there facing Indian Bowlers...Pak batsmen gets confused there & throws away their wickets...

  • Yousafzay on March 18, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Dear Please my Humble request is that avoid sohail tanvir in selection otherwise pak will face the consequences

  • on March 18, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    1-Shahzad/NasirJ 2-K.Akmal 3-Hafeez 4-Sohaib 5-Afridi 6-U.Akmal 7-Babar 8-Gul 9-Ajmal 10-Talha/S.Tanveer 11-Junaid Permanently out from t20 : Sharjeel,Malik

  • ahsanjabbar on March 17, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    S. Tanvir, S.Malik, K.Akmal are a sign of Pakistan heading into disaster. The trio will be the reason for Pakistan's disaster in the T20-WC. if Pak wants to do well keep the trio out of the squad not just the playing 11.

  • rawjns on March 17, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    my team would be 1 Sharjeel/Kamran 2 Shehzad 3 Hafeez 4 Maqsood 5 Afridi 6 Umer 7 Bilawal 8 Anwer/Zulfiqar 9 Gul 10 Tanvir 11 Ajmal ...

    No place for Malik ... bhatti is much better ...

    we have enough batsmen to hit the ball out of the ground ...and having few allrounders will help if they collapsed ... afridi hafeez and ajmal can contain in their quota of 12 overs with only 8 remaining to bowl between 4 bowlers ... even gul and tanvir can hit a six once in a year...

  • tiple_H on March 17, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    i think this is d only format pakistan cricket love to play current scenario but wen it comes to ICC event pakistan dream will be shattered

  • on March 17, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    My playing XI for Pakistan are Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Anwar Ali/Sohail Tanveer, Umer Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid

  • indianzen on March 19, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Attitude is what I respect with the PAK. Umar Akmal, Misbah, Hafeez, Tanveer and Ajmal are excellent talents with great thirst to perform well. However, the attitude of Gul, Shehzad, Kamran, Afridi are letting them down...

  • Solid_Snake on March 19, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Pak management don't even know which player to include in which format.. Shoaib Malik's career has been destroyed by our own hands..Shoaib is no T20 material..He is a perfect player for ODI's..But he is given chances one after another in T20..He is constantly failing..Don't know why he is selected again..Strange think tank we got here

  • hellothereeveryone on March 19, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    How come Shoaib Malik is in the team. This guy has not performed in ages and after getting married has gone really downhill????????? On the other hand how come players like Abdul Razzaq are kept out when they were performing till the very last match they played in. An all rounder like Abdul Razzaq deserves to be in the T20 team. He is a match winner on his own. Its nice to see the return of Kamran Akmal though!

  • Solid_Snake on March 19, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @ Nampally:Pakistan might face 3 Afridi's? Lol..Pakistan knows how to counter all of those 3 Afridi's..Pak bowlers have done it in past & they'll do it again.It's Pak batsmen who always lets the team down.I wonder why all admire Indian batsmen so much.Theyare good but hardly performs against Pak...In the contest of "Pak bowlers & Indian Batsmen"....Bowlers always had edge..pick up the last few matches of both the teams..Indian batsmen rarely click against Pak bowlers..They easily score 300+ against any other team..but they are always restricted to an Avg score of less than 250 against Pak..& that only happens when Dhoni or Kohli scores.. The real battle starts when Pak batsmen are out there facing Indian Bowlers...Pak batsmen gets confused there & throws away their wickets...

  • Yousafzay on March 18, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Dear Please my Humble request is that avoid sohail tanvir in selection otherwise pak will face the consequences

  • on March 18, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    1-Shahzad/NasirJ 2-K.Akmal 3-Hafeez 4-Sohaib 5-Afridi 6-U.Akmal 7-Babar 8-Gul 9-Ajmal 10-Talha/S.Tanveer 11-Junaid Permanently out from t20 : Sharjeel,Malik

  • ahsanjabbar on March 17, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    S. Tanvir, S.Malik, K.Akmal are a sign of Pakistan heading into disaster. The trio will be the reason for Pakistan's disaster in the T20-WC. if Pak wants to do well keep the trio out of the squad not just the playing 11.

  • rawjns on March 17, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    my team would be 1 Sharjeel/Kamran 2 Shehzad 3 Hafeez 4 Maqsood 5 Afridi 6 Umer 7 Bilawal 8 Anwer/Zulfiqar 9 Gul 10 Tanvir 11 Ajmal ...

    No place for Malik ... bhatti is much better ...

    we have enough batsmen to hit the ball out of the ground ...and having few allrounders will help if they collapsed ... afridi hafeez and ajmal can contain in their quota of 12 overs with only 8 remaining to bowl between 4 bowlers ... even gul and tanvir can hit a six once in a year...

  • tiple_H on March 17, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    i think this is d only format pakistan cricket love to play current scenario but wen it comes to ICC event pakistan dream will be shattered

  • on March 17, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    My playing XI for Pakistan are Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Anwar Ali/Sohail Tanveer, Umer Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid

  • on March 17, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    World T20 Team 1. Aaron Finch AUS 2. David Warner AUS 3. Chris Gayle WI 4. Virat Kohli © IND 5. Shikhar Dhawan IND 6. Kumar Sangakkara + SL 7. Mohammed Hafeez PAK 8. Dale Steyn RSA 9. Sunil Narine WI 10. Saeed Ajmal PAK 11. Lasith Malinga SL Hashim Amla RSA AB De Villiers RSA Shane Watson AUS Ajantha Mendis SL

  • on March 17, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Pakistan is a very balance side they should their real game insha Allah pakistan can beat every team, T20 is a shorter format of the game so i think we add a extra bowler rather than a batsman an AFRIDI should be at number 5 or 6 because number 7 is not good in T20s so me playing 11 is 1.SHarjeel 2.Kamram Akmal 3.Hafeez 4.Sohaib Maqsood 5.Umer Akmel 6.AFridi 7.Talha/Bilawal bhatti 8.Umer Gul 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Zulafqar baber 11.Junaid khan

  • on March 17, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    India's chances of winning this match is very slim since India do not have quality bowlers to restrict Pakistan. Pakistan seems to be a more balanced side with high quality fast and spin bowling combination in their ranking will give an edge to Pakistan even though some of the Indian batters could change the status of the game within few overs. Since Pakistan has equal bowling skills to restrict any Indian batsman, it will be very interesting to watch this first match.

  • satchander on March 17, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Not much hope from this Indian side which has been on the downhill for quite some time now. Need fresh leadership and separate teams for each format for India to start doing well again.

  • Nampally on March 17, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    Hafeez rightly refrained "Amping up the pressure" because he knows that there is a lot of difference between ODI & T20. With so many attacking batsmen in India, Pakistan may face "3 Afridis" in Raina, Yuvraj & Dhoni- all missing from ODI side in the Asia Cup. These are the Best Finishers in T20. Pakistan rely heavily on Hafeez & Shahzad for reliability of their batting. where as India rely on Kohli, Dhawan & Dhoni for their batting reliability. Pakistan has Ajmal as their star bowler as against possibly 3 spinners in the Indian team who have proven themselves in IPL & are experienced campaigners. So it is a totally different opposition to the Asia cup- which Afridi won in the last over. Pakistan will be hard pressed to beat these seasoned batsmen & bowlers having several years experience of playing together in IPL T20 against all international top players. I will be surprised if India lose!

  • on March 16, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Pakistan can easily win if they play sensibly. malik should not play and gul and bhatti also leak runs. shahzad should also play quickly rather than slowly .my xi would be. 1 shehzad 2 sharjeel 3 kamran 4hafeez 5 sohaib 6 umar 7 boom boom 8 babar 9 ajmal 10 tanvir 11 junaid . babar the biggest threat

  • Slough327 on March 16, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    there will not be any excuse like mis field unfit afridi or any thing even afridi will play or not even doni yovi and raina or any one coeme in for india the result is going to be same Pak will win with a big margin

  • on March 16, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    I still believe Pakistan has a very good squad, its all about rotation and picking of players according to situation. Against India, line up should be , Hafeez, Shehzad, Umar, Maqsood, Malik,Kamran,Afridi,Tanvir,Babar,Junaid,Ajmal

    Thr is no point of selecting Sharjeel against Lanka,bangladesh n India or any other country who can attack with spin as he seems clueless against spin. Malik is a great player of spin along side kamran akmal, umar akmal, hafeez and than afridi who are lethal against spin bowling

    India can handle pace well, talha and gul will be hammered at all the parts. Tanvir is generally great in the first power play if he bowls only 1 over and 2 overs in death, with junaid 1 over or 2 in start and 1 in death, if they both can bowl 6 overs economically, afridi, malik,hafeez,ajmal and babar are good enough to bowl 14 overs well. Pakistan if played strategically, fielded well, they have more chances to win than India doing same.

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    i think its not the time to brag about teams wins or losses.. its about sportsmanship spirit and not showing violent reactions.. lets focus on what we witnessed in asia cup.. first its the spinners who kept things tight rather than pacers because its not their kind of pitch.. Malinga was an exception of course i believe he is a clever lad.. talking of pk ind match i believe if u use ur spinners in a proper manner, u can stop runs in bw but again death overs are mostly handed to pacers, for which u need to have good hitters in the mid order.. i believe it'l b a 50/50 game.. both teams have their strengths cricket is always unpredictable :)

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    I wish that inshallah Pakistan will win but still Indian team is unpredictable.Pak bowling has been a strong point but still they need to focus on their batting and feilding.If they comeover these problems then Pakistan victory is confirmed :)

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    A few days ago Rashid Latif pointed out that the only reason why the Pakistan team was able to face the media at the airport the night after asia cup final,when they were deafeated by srilanka, was that they had beaten india.He further added that for pakistan team to gain confidence in order to become a better team,they should beat india regularly.I cant agree with him more.

  • vexer on March 16, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    I wish....one of the following sides win the T20 2014 world cup....Pakistan or Srilanka or India or Bangladesh...

  • on March 16, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Pakistan, who swept India aside in dramatic fashion two weeks ago on the way to the final of the Asia Cup, this for a tense last over finish???

  • Arrow011 on March 16, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    India will crush Pakistan

  • on March 16, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    @overdcovers This technically flawed Hafeez has a staggering average of 45 against India. Virat averages 11 against us and he is supposedly ur best batsman. I would really appreciate if we can refrain from terming someone Ordinary without any rational behind it. cheerw

  • on March 16, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    pakistan is a good limited over side but could be better if i was the selector i wd pick sami aslam ahmad shehzad sohaib maqsood fawad alam omar akmal hafeez hammad azam afreedi amir ajamal junaid

  • OverDcovers on March 16, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Hafeez will be full of excuses after receiving a battering from India, Mark my Words! Its Paksitan's unfortunateness to have Hafeez who himself is a very lucky but ordinary and technically flawed batsman as Captain!

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    plz in come imran nazir, abdur rajjaq, and m.Aamir

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    New Zealand and Australia have again emerged as strong T20 sides...Pakistan seems a great side with all options available and the right player to click at the right time...but its too early to say..hoping to some nail-biting finishers

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    best wishes for Pakistan. Pakistan well play his final match on 21. if Pakistan win on that day then no body can stop them. Pakistan bowling line well miss Muhammad organ.

  • mzm149 on March 16, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @hamza1982: If Sharjeel Khan can get selected, anyone can. I am not a fan of either Kamran Akmal or Shoaib Malik. But we need anyone other than Sharjeel as an opener no matter even if it Kamran Akmal or Imran Nazir or even worse. Shoaib Malik is not quite bad as a t20 player on Asian pitches.

    But yes Harris Sohail and Nasir Jamshed are the real answers instead of Malik or Akmal.

  • xylofon on March 16, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    My Dream T20 Eleven for Pakistan:

    Ahmed Shehzad, Abdur Razzaq, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Greedy Hafeez(c), Afridi, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan.

    Id play more pacers but not in bangla conditions. Id also keep other people on the bench, Anwar Ali very good fielder and good pacer.

    Bhatti is a TOTALLY BELOW PAR for pakistans pace level. Get rid of him. Sohail Tanvir we can get rid of as well. He has done his stuff.

    Fawad is not T20 material but hes really in form right now. I wonder...? Cant get my head around that. Either way, I love him!

  • xylofon on March 16, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    @hamza1982...you are absolutely right! where is Haris Sohail? Last time they tried him (last year around summer) in the caribbean he played well. I think Pak has a continued problem to see who the man of the hour is. That trick is totally lost on us Pakistanis. Sharjeel & Sohaib are total flops, go back and look at Nasir Jamsheds performance in the last T20. Look at his strike rates and scores...HE WILL BE MISSED!

    And yes, Kamran...maybe. Can be a decent batsman and we won the T20 partly because of his batting, I clearly remember that. But isnt he too old? And why cant we find yongers guys? But Malik I do not understand. He played horribly in the champions trophy and has been really bad for a long time.

    As for pace, this is Bangla tracks! So Pak should use Ajmal, Afridi & even greedy Hafeez to lead the spin attack. Junaid & gul should use the new ball and they will be fine.

    Pak must also learn to look past the India game, its nice to win but the whole tournament is important!

  • on March 16, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    pakistan gud side for t20

  • vkumar_086 on March 16, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    If INDIA manages to win the title, it will become the first country to win all major ICC events (50 over WC, T20 WC, CT) twice....if SL or AUS manages to win the title, they would become second country to win all three major ICC events at least once after INDIA...INDIA achieved this mark way back in 2007 only...when comes to ICC events, INDIA is ahead than other teams...they play well as a unit in such big events.....after India, only SL and Australia has such reputation..so this time these three countries have good chances to win the title, even WI, NZ also comes to the party...but i cant sure about Pak...they are very unpredictable side...

  • hamza1982 on March 16, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    It amazes me that hardly anyone is discussing the obvious point ; why on earth are Malik and Kamran back, AGAIN! Absolutely nothing justifies their selection and the constant ignoring of Harris Sohail.

    PS I always comment on articles, and they never get posted. Would appreciate not being ignored for once.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 16, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Pakistan is a good side but i hope their fast bowling clicks in tournament as their spin and batting is in nick. nasir jamshed was far better opener than sharjeel. irfan would have made quite a difference. please dont give a chance to talha, malik and sohail tanvir are all absolutly crap. my team in given selection is:

    (1) Sharjeel khan (2) Kamran Akmal (3) Ahmad shahzad (4) Hafeez (5) Umar Akmal (6) Sohaib Maqsood (7) Afridi (8) bhatti (9) gul (10) junaid (11) Ajmal.

  • on March 16, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    tbh..i dont.mind southafrica not making quarter final...because i hate the way they play in knockouts...simple

  • lovesanga on March 16, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I think SL,PAK,IND,NZ will be in the SF this time AUS & SA will give a gd fight bt i love to see test matches more often. SL need a tour to IND to play tests..T20 will not decide the best sides..

  • AwaisZahur on March 16, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Southafrica is a balanced team, amla, deviliers, duplessis and dekock are in form batsman, steyn is the best fast bowler with duminy and imran tahir in spin section. but the team winning Ind vs Pak will win the world T20 final....., so no chance for any other team

  • basra007 on March 16, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    australia n nzl are better sides. srilanka is the most favourite. and pakistan n india can also win on their day. the most weakest side of the tournament is england n southafrica. pakistan autralia newzealand n srilanka are the semi finalists. my team: SHAHZAD,SHARJEEL,KAMRAN,HAFEEZ,MALIK,UMAR,AFRIDI,BILAWAL,TANVEER,AJMAL,BABAR Zulfiqar babar will be the threat ....

  • on March 16, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Australia and Pakistan look the best teams on paper,but you can never count out the ever consistent Sri lankans,India need a hero in their bowling,West Indies are missing Pollard badly, SA need to show more consistency in global events,all in all will be an interesting t20 World cup

  • on March 16, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    i think india have better chance then pakistan. pakistan fast bowling is not as good as it was.umar gul giving so many runs and junaid is not in good bowling form. and india play spin well. india have better batting then pakistan. Any thing can happen but on paper india have the upper hand.

  • on March 16, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    It would be a cracker n stadium packed game! Inshallah AFRIDI BOOM BOOM will trash the indians bowlers! Best Of Lck M.hafeez!!!!

  • on March 16, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Australia and West Indies look like the two best teams, followed by Pakistan and Srilanka.

  • YogifromNY on March 16, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    As much as I would love India to win, realistically Pakistan are much better than them in all the departments. India's vaunted batting is not that dependable, and the less said about its bowling and fielding the better. Still, I hope it will be a cracker of a game!

  • Cric_fever_notgoingdown on March 16, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    oohh come on hafeez give me a break. its just t20 cup. i mean real cricket lover doesnt even care. i mean we already won 1 cup already and it made our batsmen more miserable then ever. u want them to go more headless after winning another t20 cup !! no way at least i dont care if they they lose this tournament . neither i wont be happy and get over the moon although winning this would be more bad omen for us in future !!!anyway i can sense already that both captains only focusing on each other the game on 21 rather then cup so its good. maybe hafeez should keep a goal to just break the jinx in this edition rather then win the cup.!!! by the way i am betting my money on australia to win this cup !!!

  • on March 15, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    Its a good thing pak is playing india first up in this tournament, historically they have always played them towards the end of group stages or knockouts when its do or die!! and they have succumbed to the pressure of not only playing india but the added pressure of must win game. However the situation here is different, whoever loses doesn't mean the end of the tournament they just have to lift themselves up and beat the other 2 stiff teams Aus and WI. So slightly less pressure than usual..

    We have to commend India as big tournament favs! as they handle the pressure of high profile encounters and knockouts better than even Aus in the recent past! They have acquired alot of experience of playing in finals and winning, good habit to have.

    Hoping pak add to their 2009 trophy!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 15, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    My team for Pakistan would be : (1) Ahmad Shahzad (2) kamran akmal (3) hafeez (4) umar akmal (5) haris sohail (6) sohaib Maqsood (7) afridi (8) bhatti (9) ajmal (10) junaid (11) gul

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 15, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Pakistan should have kept Nasir Jamshed in side.. Sohail tanvir is crap.. I would rather play junaid and umar gul.. Or may be bhatti if gul isn't fully fit.

  • HarrowXI on March 15, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    India will win this easily. T20 is about batting. You can always put pressure on opposition by tight bowling and excellent fielding. India is far better batting and fielding side than pakistan.

    With Raina,Kohli,Jadeja,Rahane,Yuvraj & Rohit india has a great fielding side. With such a good fielding talent india's weak bowling will looks good.

  • on March 15, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    @Karthik Dear Indian Friend, if India Collects 2 or 3 world cups so Pakistan Will be yours without any shedout...

  • on March 15, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Hafeez is sure spot on the kind of mindset you need to carry but Pakistan is very well known as a bad starters in any tournament. Also mind well they are the best finishers if they make it to final four.

  • Johnny_129 on March 15, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    All small alteration to the above article - Ind v Pak is NOT only an eagerly awaited FIXTURE but it is also an eagerly awaited FIX. I have lost trust in International cricket. Study this - Inaugural T20 saw Ind v Pak final with Ind winning in final over! All of a sudden T20 became popular and the inaugural WC formed the launching pad for cash-cow, IPL!! People who still love cricket will claim a coincidence or a fairy-tale but I don't buy that - Too many fixes in the past, I'm not that naive anymore!!!

  • on March 15, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Both Pakistan and India are balanced sides just like most of the big teams in the competition, the team who will hold their nerves on match day will win , but teams to watch are Sri Lanka and Australia, Too early to say, but its Australia Sri Lana final is expected :)

  • yuvi_gladiator on March 15, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    india will win In Sha Allah

  • on March 15, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    I think India and pak should have a combined team. Indian batsman and pak bowlers.

  • ramz30380 on March 15, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    @ Mustafa Turab Ali agree with you.... its not Ind batting vs Pak bowling its the other way around - the weak link will be exposed this T20! whoever manages their weakness better will come out triumph!

    In the final stages of the Asia Cup the spinners did well for India, if thats the case then one fast bowler alone will be a hindrance coz Shami has been constantly striking for India.

    The one edge that Ind has over Pak is their fielding - they have some outstanding fielders - Kohli, Raina, Jadeja, Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma, Rahane - i.e. 6 out of 10 players (not inlucding the wkt kpr) will be on their feet! In T20 cricket fielding can save or give away 20 runs which can determine the outcome of a match!

  • scarrule on March 15, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    @mohammad. So you think IPL is substandard. Sure mate dale and jhonson bowling is substandard. Fielding is substandard barring those 50+ astonishing catches. Batting is substandard with almost all top 30 players in ODI as well as test ranking. I bet if CSK were playing they had a good chance of winning it. Accept it mate in few years IPL will outclass INT. T20. It already have in terms of viewership.

  • AwaisZahur on March 15, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    @Nampally...well no doubt best finishers are required in the team and i guess u have seen the latest asia cup match and the fininshing of Afridi to Ashwin ;)

  • on March 15, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    don't underestimate any one good luck Ind &pak

  • HarryCS on March 15, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Yuvraj will add a lot of balance as he is very good slow bowler as well. If india can sort out fast bowling all rounder issue it ll be a big boost. Hope binny grab de chance (if given) or don't know whe irfan Pathan ll be fit. He and Manoj tiwari r seems to be injured always.

    As for PK hafeez plays slowly which could put pressure on their middle order. I hope Rohit sharma will not play hafeez for india. may be india need to try different opener for t20

  • on March 15, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Fact is Fact bein Pakistani I admit till doomsday Pakistan cricket team cannot win world cup match against india t20 or 50/50 one dayer..Pakistan has no chance against india in world cups.its fair and square..so I request to Pakistani friend don't hope world cup match against india.pakistan can win world cup but they cannot win world cup match against india.. suppose if india comes again in final against Pakistan ..Pakistan will loose that match again. sorry but that's fact.

  • dual.citizen on March 15, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Of all the top 8 teams, India has the weakest bowling attack. Can their superior batting compensate for weak bowling is to be seen?

  • on March 15, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    while writing not sure my comments will be posted..,,, friends winning worldcup on flat tracks and good wickets is also different. as for 8 years is concerned check out history of all t20 worldcups . things will be clarified,also read thisabove article. we were closer to cup. Also just showed in under19 cup. however we are still waiting for a victory against india. india is a good team,so comparative match. dont under estimate any one........

  • on March 15, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    omg, PK find it another Akhter, today i was watching PK U19 trial in FSD, what a bowler.......................World will find him...........Don't want to tell his name, u will find through his fabolus bowling within 1year at international Circuit........

  • Mustafa008 on March 15, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    I think Pakistan shall play Abdul Razzak and Imran Nazir, along with Nasir Jamsheed.

    Please re-call Abdul Razzak to win the T20 World Cup 2014.

  • on March 15, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    @Nampally, don't need any experience in t20. Little skill required as far as batting is concerned. Please don't think IPL brings anything to cricket save money, I support the revenue part for sure but the skillset there is substandard, just my 2 cents

  • JRP100 on March 15, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    in almost all the india pakistan games india have more recognised, but out of form or inconsistent batsmen. Yuvraj raina rohit and dhawan are all known to be inconsistent and some of the randoms from the pakistan team could easily rattle them, along with pakistans batting that only seems to fire against india sri lanka and bangladesh.. indias 11 should be dhawan, rohit/rahane, kohli, yuvraj, raina, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, mishra, kumar, shami its a shame india only have 2 decent pacers in the squad as aaron and mohit will not doubt leak runs..

  • on March 15, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Pak will WIn In Sha Allah

  • Nampally on March 15, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    ODI & T20 are so vastly different that it is easier to describe ODI as slightly faster & shorter Format of the Tests. T20 on the other hand is totally dictated by who has the more powerful hitters in their team who can consistently deliver + economical bowlers. So hafeezès comparison of Pakistan's victory over India in the Asia cup ODI is not valid. The team with best 'Finishers" in the T20 format has always got the advantage. Also experience of the use of bowlers & their rotation is like thinking on your legs. This experience which India has gained thru' IPL will be a big factor. Pakistan has good team but is rusty in the T20 format due to limited experience. So it really depends how quickly they pick up + performance on the match day is crucial. Which ever team can put their best foot forward on the match day wins. So it is a totally open competition which any team with stronger nerve can win. Fielding & catches are so important + good running between the wkts. with lot of hustle.

  • vkumar_086 on March 15, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @Shahzeb...dear winning cricket world cup is not that easy as you think...some cricket experts say it is equal to winning of 20-30 gold medals in an Olympic event....you know winning gold medal in Olympic and winning world cup is dream for many sportspersons....they will struggle, toil lot of hours in practice....sacrifice lot of things....only people who won it for their country knows the value of it...both cricket world cup and Olympic come once in four years.....that is added value to it.....for this reason only INDIA is undefeated against Pakistan in all world cups....

    @ Karthik...you told correct friend.....it will take some 12 years to Pakistan to win one more world cup...whereas INDIA will collect another 2-3 titles in its cupboard

  • scklnka on March 15, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    world t20 dream team 1.Chris Gayle 2.david warner 3.virat kohli 4. ab d 5.James faukner 6.dhoni 7.afridi 8.ajmal 9.Sunil narine 10.lasith malinga 11.Dale styne from true cricket fan

  • on March 15, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    hafeez is world best cricketer ane i wish junaid gul sohail and ajmal bro and boom boom is bowling attack and batting line up ahmed kamran hafeez shoeb umar likely

  • on March 15, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    in t20 , i think all 8 teams are strong. you have NZ, WI packed with star hitters, SL , SA, AUs, pakistan and india all can win it really. its that kind of format where you cant name 1 fav.

    pakistan are good t20 unit. mainly because it suits most of their batsmen. short format so anything possible. they have lost 1 final, won 2nd and then semis 2 times. they need mental strength to win 5-6 games together. they have been to semi finals of all icc events since 2007 ( except last ct) but won only 1 because some how they run out of gas when it comes to knock out stages. few good and testing games followed by a really bad one. havr to be at their best to win this.

    this is the 1st time they are entering this event with a bit settled batting but little bit shaky fast bowling. but experienced enough to get it right.

    as far ad india game is concern, its new game and whoever will play well on day will win. past wins doesnt matter much. asia cup is history now new day. hoping to c good games

  • on March 15, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    It will be unfair to say one team has an edge over other.both can surprise.both in good shape and nick.there is tremondeous tallent in both sides.luck will a vital roll. it will be must watch sort of match.

  • Karthik78 on March 15, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    @Shahzeb, just one more world cup? is it that easy?? You got only once in your entire history of cricket. It may take you another whole new generation to get another one or you won't get at all. Also remember that it is once in 4 years. Thinking at your current team, I don't think it is possible to have it in next 8 years. By the time, India would have reached three times. Then say, it is just 2 more WC.

  • fzsTrio on March 15, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Oh God! Sohail Tanveer again.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on March 15, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    For India, it'll depend upon how the returning Yuvraj and Raina perform. If our batting clicks, our bowling (consisting of Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra) has shown that it can do well in these conditions and India could be a pretty tough team to beat.

  • Saadcricketlover on March 15, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Inshallah we will lift the cup.

  • on March 15, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    @Shahzeb - india has 2 more icc tournaments. in fact 3. the 1985 world champions trophy in Australia in which india defeated pakistan in the final ! india has 2 more champions trophy titles than pakistan and a few more asia cup titles. get your facts right !

  • on March 15, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Pak tean should be - Sharjeel, Shehzad, Hafeez, Kamran, Sohaib, Umer Akmal, Afridi, Sohail, A. Rehman, Ajmal & Junaid

  • on March 15, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Pak team lacks the bowling duo or trio to bowl 20 overs in tandom, does not have any chance of winning T 20. Ajmal does not have a bowling partner - even Hafeez or Shahid bowling well who will complete 16 or 20th overs. At least I am not worried about batting , on average Pak will score 150 plus runs always but will not be able to defend.

  • AQ13 on March 15, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    For the love of God when will we get rid of Sohail Tanvir?

  • on March 15, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Stat wise if you take a look, pak in history are not too far behind to ind. Atm what what do ind have over pak, just 1 more world cup win

    Head to head pak are well ahead T20 wc is 1-1 Wc is 2-1 to ind

    So its just a matter of 1 wc win. But we as fans need to look ahead if india and say we want to be one of the greatest teams of time.

  • British_North_America on March 15, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    As usual, Pakistan will lose to India in world cup.

  • on March 15, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    I wonder why Pak vs Ind contests are always labelled as between Ind batting and Pak bowling. In recent past, we have always managed to restrict Indians to par or even below-par scores but lost match due to extremely indecisive and spine-less batting. Its not our bowlers vs their batters, its about their not-so-strong bowling vs our very weak batting.

  • Farooq3 on March 15, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    The only way Pakistan can beat India is by taking wickets to restrict the run rate to under 8 runs per over - which is going to be difficult - but not impossible!

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  • Farooq3 on March 15, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    The only way Pakistan can beat India is by taking wickets to restrict the run rate to under 8 runs per over - which is going to be difficult - but not impossible!

  • on March 15, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    I wonder why Pak vs Ind contests are always labelled as between Ind batting and Pak bowling. In recent past, we have always managed to restrict Indians to par or even below-par scores but lost match due to extremely indecisive and spine-less batting. Its not our bowlers vs their batters, its about their not-so-strong bowling vs our very weak batting.

  • British_North_America on March 15, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    As usual, Pakistan will lose to India in world cup.

  • on March 15, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Stat wise if you take a look, pak in history are not too far behind to ind. Atm what what do ind have over pak, just 1 more world cup win

    Head to head pak are well ahead T20 wc is 1-1 Wc is 2-1 to ind

    So its just a matter of 1 wc win. But we as fans need to look ahead if india and say we want to be one of the greatest teams of time.

  • AQ13 on March 15, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    For the love of God when will we get rid of Sohail Tanvir?

  • on March 15, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Pak team lacks the bowling duo or trio to bowl 20 overs in tandom, does not have any chance of winning T 20. Ajmal does not have a bowling partner - even Hafeez or Shahid bowling well who will complete 16 or 20th overs. At least I am not worried about batting , on average Pak will score 150 plus runs always but will not be able to defend.

  • on March 15, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Pak tean should be - Sharjeel, Shehzad, Hafeez, Kamran, Sohaib, Umer Akmal, Afridi, Sohail, A. Rehman, Ajmal & Junaid

  • on March 15, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    @Shahzeb - india has 2 more icc tournaments. in fact 3. the 1985 world champions trophy in Australia in which india defeated pakistan in the final ! india has 2 more champions trophy titles than pakistan and a few more asia cup titles. get your facts right !

  • Saadcricketlover on March 15, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Inshallah we will lift the cup.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on March 15, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    For India, it'll depend upon how the returning Yuvraj and Raina perform. If our batting clicks, our bowling (consisting of Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra) has shown that it can do well in these conditions and India could be a pretty tough team to beat.