Imam-ul-Haq reveals why Pakistan is under pressure while facing India in World Cups
Imam-ul-Haq also added that apart from the ability to handle pressure, both India and Pakistan are on equal footing.
Updated - Sep 5, 2021 1:32 pm
India and Pakistan are slated to face each other in a monumental clash during the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. The clash between the two rivals will take place on 24th October 2021 in Dubai.
And, ahead of this marquee clash, Pakistan cricketer Imam-ul-Haq has opined that Pakistan feels the pressure against India because they do not play bilateral series against Virat Kohli and his men.
Imam-ul-Haq added that there is a lot of pressure on the young Pakistan players when they are up against India in a multi-nation tournament, whereas India has a lot of experienced players who can handle this sort of pressure.
“I think the biggest factor is that we don’t play bilateral series against India. The match between India and Pakistan is always a big match as we either play them in a World Cup knockout or in the group stage. That pressure becomes difficult for our young players to handle. Meanwhile, India have more experienced players in their team and they know how to cope up with the pressure,” said Imam-ul-Haq to Samaa TV.
The match against India will be a tough one: Imam-ul-Haq
The bespectacled Imam-ul-Haq also added that apart from the ability to handle pressure, both India and Pakistan are on equal footing. Adding that he would never want Pakistan to lose, Imam-ul-Haq admitted that the match against India in the T20 World Cup this year will be a tough one for the Pakistan side.
“Apart from this, there is no other reason to say that the Indian team is better than the Pakistani team. As a Pakistani, I would never want Pakistan to lose InshaAllah we will beat them but realistically, it would be a very tough game,” concluded Imam-ul-Haq.
Pakistan has never managed to defeat the Indian side in World Cups, be it ODIs or T20Is. The last time that India and Pakistan met at the international level was during the 2019 fifty-over World Cup, where the Indian side hammered the Pakistan outfit by a margin of 89 runs.