Cricketer-turned-expert Rashid Latif believes Pakistan can only beat India if the Virat Kohli-led side make mistakes on the field in the 20-20 World Cup. The blockbuster clash will take place on Sunday (October 24) at the Dubai International Stadium. While Pakistan boasts of match-winners like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi, Latif feels the team won’t be able to beat India if the Men in Blue match their potential.
During the past five occasions, Pakistan have given their all but ended up on the losing side. Be the close bowl out in the 2007 edition or the high-octane final, the Men in Green had to be content with coming second. Latif feels rather than skills and technique, it’s all about tactics and matchups.
“In my opinion, no matter how well Pakistan plays, if Indian players don’t make mistakes, then it will be difficult for Pakistan to win the match,” Latif told Khaleej Times.
“When I captained Pakistan, I always tried to induce errors from the opposition. Of course, you have to do your own job first, but at the same time, it’s important to make the other team commit mistakes. So, it’s not just about the technique or skills, it’s about tactics. You have to get your tactics right and try to make the other team commit errors.”
Speaking about the Indian team they are coming back from two comprehensive wins in the warm-ups. During the games against England and Australia, the management tried Ishan Kishan at the top and it paid off. The team also tried Suryakumar Yadav in the lower down order and that too worked. The spin department looked good with Ravi Ashwin leading the charge by keeping things simple.
It would be interesting to note what combination Kohli goes with. He also spoke about Hardik Pandya’s likely to return to bowling.