Aktar terms Pak-India cricket match crucial encounter

Source:  Daily Times Published in Sports on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has said that the Pakistan-India match on February 15 will be a crucial encounter; the contest will begin from the dressing room itself and has labeled the two teams as cornered tigers.

The two Asian giants will clash against one another in what is expected to be an high-octane encounter at the Adelaide Oval on February 15. “India and Pakistan are cornered tigers in the tournament. I think India versus Pakistan opening match will start from dressing room itself,” Akhtar said.

Pak-India match witnesses high intensity and extra effort from both sides. Pakistan cricketers are talented, he said, News24 reported. Recalling 1992 World Cup moments, Shoaib opines that the Pakistan had a better team in 1992 as compared to the World Cup 2015 squad. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ also said that the last 15-20 days before the World Cup were the most crucial and added that the team that has three good days can clinch the title.

“It's always the last 15-20 days that's the most crucial in a World Cup competition. It's a pattern that has emerged since 1983 when teams have got momentum in the last two weeks. In 1999, Australia peaked at right time after indifferent start. In this World Cup it’s all about three good days,” the former international cricketer added.

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