A high voltage India v Pakistan clash awaits cricket fans on the 15th of February in the Cricket World Cup 2015. With the media and fans eagerly building up the excitement for this game, the levels of expectation from both teams are at an all time high.
Both teams have been pegged back by recent failures, but they would be eager to go out in the field of battle and make this clash of traditional arch rivals memorable for everyone!
The defending champions have the task cut out for themselves. Recent results in Australia has been demoralizing, yet MS Dhoni and boys have odds in their favour on the eve of the all important India v Pakistan clash, this Sunday.
Proven abilities in the batting department and historical dominance over their arch rivals in ICC tournaments are sure to keep the Indian team spirit afloat. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, can be counted upon as match winners on any given day.
MS Dhoni, entering the twilight zone of his career, would be eager to make an impact on this game as a world class finisher. Ajinkya Rahane’s has sealed his position as reliable middle order batsman, and would be the likely key to India’s fortunes.
The bowling, though, is a cause of concern for the Indian outfit. Yet it was the same trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami that were instrumental in India’s victorious campaign in Champions Trophy 2013. One can expect them to repeat those heroics in the India v Pakistan match too!
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are expected to help India navigate through the middle overs, at an economical pace.Axar Patel may well be a good gamble , given that he can extract good bounce from the surface. While Dhoni may opt for a safe option to start things off, look out for Axar to make his mark.
One has to wait and watch how the captain uses his bowling resources to tackle India’s traditional problem with death overs.
Series defeats to Australia and New Zealand at their home base of UAE, were not the ideal launching pad for the Pakistan Cricket Team. But they would know for sure that this is the best chance at changing the historical trend of losing to India in World Cups.
The Indian team that awaits them on Sunday surely is not the same as the ones they had faced in 2011, or more recently, in Champions Trophy 2013.
Mohammad Hafeez’s absence from the India v Pakistan encounter has dealt a big blow to Pakistan’s chances. But hope in the form of Ahemd Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood still exists for the team. Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan’s calm influence on the dressing room shall help the young team adjust to the realities of this big occasion.
Saeed Ajmal – Pakistan’s proven match winner – shall not be there to guide the bowlers this time. But the rising young star Yasir Shah shall surely play an important role in this match, if given a chance to prove his spin bowling talent. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan are expected to make things difficult for the star studded Indian batting line up, with their pace and bounce.
Excitement guaranteed – India v Pakistan
India v Pakistan matches, all throughout the history of international cricket, have proved to be intensely exciting for both sides. With the stakes raised to all time high for Sunday’s big clash, viewers and fans ought to make sure they catch the whole action, in order to be fully able to pronounce a verdict on the game!
And yes, don’t forget that Amitabh Bacchan shall be in the commentary box this time, to make Sunday The 15th an unforgettable one!