Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar knows that it is going to be tough for the Pakistan team to register a win over India in the T20 World Cup 2021. While he has backed the Men in Green to perform well especially since it is the shortest form of the game where anybody can win on their day, he has acknowledged that on paper it is the Virat Kohli & Co who appear favourites to win in this game on Sunday.
In a recent interview, Akhtar even gave three hilarious tips to the Pakistan cricket team to stop India from making it 13-0 in the World Cups. For the unversed, India have beaten Pakistan in each of their five T20 World Cup fixtures, also handing them a defeat in every one of their 50-Overs fixtures. Overall, the current record is 12-0 in favour of the Indian team.
"Give sleeping pills to India first. Second, stop Virat Kohli from using Instagram for two days (chuckles). And third, ask MS Dhoni to not come to bat himself, I am telling you he's still the most in-form batter," Akhtar told Sportskeeda.
If Hardik clicks, he'll make the match one-sided: Virender Sehwag
Notably, while MS Dhoni has already announced his retirement from international cricket, he is currently with the team as their mentor for the ICC event. Dhoni recently led Chennai Super Kings to their record fourth IPL title and seemed to have rolled back the years with the way he finished the Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals to lead Chennai into the final.
Prior to India's match, former India opener Virender Sehwag picked Hardik Pandya as his first pick in the India XI saying that if he clicks, he will finish the match by making it one-sided.
"He (Hardik) will be on my team. The kind of batter he is, if he clicks, he'll make the match one-sided, and finish it. He has the ability, which he has shown many times. Yes, if he was bowling fit, that would have been the icing on the cake," Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
"You should go with five bowlers plus if Hardik Pandya or someone else from the top-order bowls a few overs, it'll be the perfect team for me... His batting is surely a concern. If he's not in form or not batting well in the nets, then you can maybe see another batter, otherwise, he'll be my first pick," he added.