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While Hasan Ali admitted that playing against India is always a game of pressure, he is hopeful that his team will repeat the feats of the 2017 Champions Trophy final against the arch-rivals at the upcoming 2021 T20 World Championship. face each other in a Super 12 meeting on October 24 in Dubai.
While the 2021 T20 World Cup, jointly hosted by the UAE and Oman, kicks off on October 17, the most anticipated match is the one with arch-rivals India and Pakistan in a Super 12 match in Dubai a week later.
To date, India has a 100% win record against Pakistan in both ODI and T20 World Cups, with seven and five wins respectively. The Champions Trophy results are 3-2 in favor of Pakistan.
Hasan Ali, the Pakistani speedster, reminisced about his side’s victory in the 2017 Champions Trophy final against Virat Kohli’s men, and plans to do a repeat next month. Ali was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, scoring 13 scalps with a whopping 14.69 from five matches, including 19-3 in the final.
“When we won the Champions Trophy (in 2017), it was a very good time for us and we will try to beat them again in the T20 World Cup. We will do our best. Playing against India is always a pressure game due to the expectations of fans from both countries,” Ali said at a virtual media conference on Wednesday, September 15.
Ali further emphasized the scale of the game and believed the team is well equipped for the conditions in the UAE.
“Even those people who don’t normally watch cricket watch the matches between India and Pakistan, so the pressure on the players is high, but we will do our best. We know how to bowl in those conditions, but yes, you can see that all the teams have chosen a lot of spinners in their squads,” said Hasan Ali.
Ali also expressed disappointment at the recent resignations of Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis of the head coach and bowling coach respectively, with the event not far off. He now looks forward to working with Vernon Philander, who has been appointed as the team’s bowling consultant for the tournament.
“Honestly, I was disappointed because the World Cup was coming up and there was such a change and they left,” he said. “But it is not our domain as a player and this is something for the Pakistan Cricket Council and others to deal with. Our job is to perform and try to win matches for Pakistan.
“We all know Philander is a great bowler and he has performed at the highest level. We look forward to working with him but it is too early to say how much benefit we can get from him as this will only become clear when he joins the squad.”
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