With just a day left for the blockbuster clash between India and Pakistan in the 20-20 World Cup, the experts and critics have started to make predictions about the key players from both teams. Jumping onto the bandwagon, former Pakistan captain Younis Khan feels India vice-captain Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah could pose a huge threat to Pakistan.
From Pakistan’s camp, Younis feels in-form batter Mohammad Rizwan could be a match-winner owing to his ability to bat long. India and Pakistan have met five times during the global event, with the former winning all five games.
“Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are two very bankable batsmen for both India and Pakistan respectively, but I feel that Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Rizwan can also turn up the heat. The spotlight will largely be on the two captains, so Rohit and Rizwan will be eased off pressure and can produce match-winning performances for their sides,” Younis said on YouTube channel “Uncut.”
The former Pakistan captain also said that both teams boast of a good pace attack but singled out Jasprit Bumrah as the biggest threat owing to his wicket-taking ability in the power play and death overs. “Pakistan’s fast bowlers have been in good shape. For India, their pace attack has improved significantly in the recent past as well. Bumrah, in particular, has been brilliant in the last few months,” said Younis.
The 43-year-old also said it is very unfair to compare Kohli and Azam as the latter has to establish himself, while the former is already a modern-day legend. “Both are top, top players. Babar is still young and he is building his career right now. Kohli, meanwhile, had made his debut in 2008 when I was still playing. I don’t particularly think that the comparison is fair but it’s good to see fans talking about the two players in good stead,” said the former Pakistan skipper.