Ind vs Pak World Cup 2023 Clash is to be set on 14th Oct at Ahmedabad Cricket Stadium. Fans are eagerly anticipating four pivotal matchups between top players from both sides.
Four Key Battel’s
Rohit Sharma vs Shaheen Shah:
India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, has faced challenges when encountering the left-arm pace of Shaheen Shah Afridi in recent encounters between the two teams.
In their first Asia Cup match in Pallekele last month, Rohit fell victim to Shaheen’s delivery, losing his off stump and being dismissed for just 11 runs. This early duel was initiated during the 2021 T20 World Cup in Dubai, where Shaheen had Rohit lbw for a duck in the very first over, using his pace and swing to his advantage.
However, in their subsequent meeting in Colombo, Rohit took a more cautious approach against the quick bowler, despite managing to hit a six off Shaheen’s first over.
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Virat Kholi vs Haris Rauf:
The stakes were notably high when Virat Kohli faced off against Haris Rauf during a challenging chase at the T20 World Cup in Melbourne last year.
With India needing 31 runs from the last 18 balls in their pursuit of a target of 160, Kohli displayed exceptional composure and skill, smashing Rauf for two crucial sixes that electrified the packed MCG crowd.
The first of these sixes was a well-timed shot that Kohli sent straight down the ground, and the second was a deft flick over fine-leg, securing India’s path to victory.
Reflecting on the moment, Kohli described the sixes as “instinctive.” This encounter marked the beginning of a captivating battle between Kohli and the Pakistani fast bowler, setting the stage for another eagerly anticipated showdown in Ahmedabad.
Babar Azam vs Jasprit Bumrah:
Jasprit Bumrah got a firsthand look at the abilities of the Pakistan captain during the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
At that time, Babar Azam faced the Indian attack, including Bumrah, known for his yorkers, with remarkable ease. Alongside Mohammad Rizwan, Azam led Pakistan to a convincing 10-wicket victory in Dubai.
Fast forward two years, and Bumrah and his teammates appeared to have learned from their previous encounter. They bowled out Pakistan for a mere 128 runs in a dominant 228-run victory during an Asia Cup Super Four clash.
During the match in Colombo, Bumrah managed to trouble Babar Azam with some deceptive deliveries, and it was Hardik Pandya who ultimately claimed the prized wicket of the Pakistani captain.
Iftikhar Ahmed vs Kuldeep Yadav:
Iftikhar Ahmed is a versatile middle-order batsman known for his ability to either stabilize the innings or launch an aggressive assault on the bowlers. However, at the Asia Cup last month, India’s spinner Kuldeep Yadav brought his innings to an abrupt end by taking a superb catch off his own bowling.
Kuldeep, a left-arm wrist spinner, put up an impressive performance, taking 5-25 in that particular game, which resulted in India securing a convincing 228-run victory.
In the upcoming match on Saturday, Iftikhar’s primary role will be to handle the spinners during the middle overs while also contributing to an acceleration in the team’s scoring rate.