World Cup 2015: India vs Pakistan
World Cup 2015: India vs Pakistan is always about pressure, Misbah-Ul-Haq
Pakistan need to keep control of their emotions in Sunday’s high-octane clash with India if they are to put an end to a string of World Cup defeats against their arch-rivals, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday
Pakistan have never won a match against their bitter neighbours at the World Cup, suffering five defeats dating back to 1992. That despite winning 72 of the other 121 ODI played against their old foes.
Adding to the pressure of the on-field rivalry will be the buzz around the game, with a 47,000-strong crowd presence at the Adelaide Oval Stadium and an expected television audience of over one billion. “India-Pakistan is always all about pressure,”
the 40-year-old Misbah, who was part of the team that lost the 2011 World Cup semi-final to India.“The best thing we can do is just enjoy the game, enjoy the atmosphere, go there, play your game, be positive, and that’s the way how it is.
“It’s a big opportunity for the team and the players that we put in our full effort and try and win this match. That could create history.”
Pakistan came to Australia with their spin spearhead Saeed Ajmal suspended for an illegal bowling action and were dealt more blows when fast bowlers Umar Gul and Junaid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez were ruled out due to injury.
But the skipper was not dwelling on absentees. –