India will start their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign like the last time around, with a much-anticipated match against the arch-rivals Pakistan. Indian will be facing them in a sold-out MCG on October 23.
With the match being more than a month adrift from now, the talks about it have started already and many veterans are warning India to approach this match differently as Pakistan is now going to face the Indian side with two recent T20I victories in the past three matches.
Pakistan defeated India in last year’s T20 World Cup encounter by whooping 10 wickets. India then came back on the arch-rivals in the Asia Cup as in their first match, India defeated them by 5 wickets with Hardik Pandya playing the hero. The story was very good so far until the Super 4 stage arrived and Pakistan then defeated India by 5 wickets to have an upper hand and a mental high ground when the titans will meet in the World Cup a month apart.
Former India Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has warned India to approach this match differently as will Pakistan. Because they had never defeated India in the World Cups but now that they have they will be feeling differently.
In a talk with cricbuzz, he said, “It is essential to start a tournament on a high. These are not long tournaments. In the 50-over World Cup, there is still time to make up for one defeat.”
” But in the T20 World Cup you lose one and you start doubting your whole method and everything comes into play. The chances of coming back to the tournament become very less. We talk about teams coming back in the IPL because they are playing about 14 games. Here we have to beat at least one of Pakistan or South Africa.“
“It is the same for Pakistan as well. They will come out with a different mindset. They were not expecting to beat India by 10 wickets in the last World Cup. Now that they have beaten India once in the Asia Cup and before that in the T20 World Cup, they would be thinking differently. They would be thinking that they can beat this side. Before that, they had no chance of beating India in World Cup games for a long time. So that will be a different challenge for India,” he said.