Against India, Pakistan should take inspiration from Champions Trophy final, feels Waqar Younis

Against India, Pakistan should take inspiration from Champions Trophy final, feels Waqar Younis

In the history of the World Cup, India have won all their six encounters played against Pakistan since 1992.

Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

It was in a similar setup, a Sunday in the June of 2017 that Pakistan had thrashed India in the final of the Champions Trophy, to mark their second biggest 50-overs trophy win after the 1992 World Cup triumph. Two years since then, the arch-rivals are set to lock horns in a high-voltage World Cup 2019 clash at Old Trafford and both sides are gearing up for the moment. Ahead of the key encounter, former pacer Waqar Younis has shared some useful insights for the team.

India has so far been the better side of the two without dropping a game. They won two of their three games while one match (against New Zealand) was washed out. Pakistan, on the other hand, have lost two out of their four games so far and won one. The other game (against Sri Lanka) has been abandoned.

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis feels Sarfaraz Ahmed‘s side should take inspiration from the Champions Trophy final at Lord’s and look for early wickets against Virat Kohli’s side which has a strong batting line-up. Pakistan had rattled the famed Indian batting line-up in the Champions Trophy final to win by a mammoth 180 runs.

In his column for the ICC, Younis wrote: “It’s simple — if Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to bring an ‘A plus’ performance and win that game.”

Pakistan started their World Cup campaign on a poor note as they were bowled out by the West Indies for a paltry 105. They brushed that aside and managed to post an impressive total of 348 against England in the next game but produced yet another ordinary performance with the bat against Australia on Wednesday to lose by 41 runs.

India lead Pakistan 6-0 in World Cup

In the history of the World Cup, India have won all their six encounters played against Pakistan since 1992. They beat the Men in Green in the group game in the Champions Trophy before losing the final. India and Pakistan have met two times after that in the Asia Cup in September 2018 with the former winning handsomely on both occasions. India did not have Kohli in any of those games.

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“Pakistan have got to take positives out of what they did to India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy a couple of years ago. They must think positively going into the game,” Younis, who had led Pakistan against India in the 2003 World Cup, added.

The Men in Green will be banking heavily on Mohammad Amir who came up with a fifer against Australia to return to form with a bang. He had also rattled India in the final of the Champions Trophy two years ago and Sarfaraz will be expecting him to deliver on Sunday as well.