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IND vs PAK: Three Key Player Battles to watch out for


IND vs PAK: The mother of all Cricket rivalries – India (IND) vs Pakistan (PAK) is finally here! 9th June is the date when these two arch rivals will battle it out against each other at New York’s Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in the Group A match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

The Men in Blue registered a comfortable eight wicket victory against Ireland in their opening encounter while the Pakistani National Team are coming into this encounter on the back of a shocking defeat to co – hosts USA. A defeat against India will make Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the Super 8 round of the T20 World Cup even more difficult, so we can anticipate them to come all blazing against the Rohit Sharma – led team and the encounter promises to be an intense and nail biting one. 

Ahead of this highly intense contest, let’s take a look at three key player battles which might decide the outcome of the game. 

IND vs PAK: Three Key Player Battles To Watch Out For

  • Mohammad Amir vs Rohit Sharma
IND vs PAK: Three Key Player Battles to watch out for
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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has struggled to get going against Pakistan’s highly talented left arm seamer Mohammad Amir. The left arm seamer has bowled just seven deliveries to the Indian captain in the shortest format of the game and has dismissed him on two occasions. The 37  year old has managed to score just a solitary run against Amir which is pretty embarrassing for a batter of Rohit’s stature. 

However, both of Rohit’s dismissals off the bowling of Mohammad Amir came way back in 2016, and it remains to be seen how well Sharma performs against the pacer in the upcoming match, with a fifty against Ireland already under his belt. 

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  • Jasprit Bumrah vs Babar Azam
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Babar Azam

Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam faced a lot of criticism for his slow batting approach against USA in the opening game. He would be looking to silence his critics by performing well against India in the upcoming match, but in order to do that he will have to overcome the challenge posed by the Men in Blue’s best fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. 

In the shortest format of the game, Babar has managed to smash 13 runs in 10 deliveries against Jasprit without getting dismissed even once. He has scored these runs at a strike rate of 130 and these stats make this battle even more interesting. 

Bumrah would be looking to make some changes in his player battle stats against Azam by dismissing him for the first time in T20 Internationals on the bowling friendly surface of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. 

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  • Shaheen Shah Afridi vs Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli and Shaheen Shah Afridi are regai as two of the best Cricketers in Modern Day Cricket and the battle between these two stalwarts has always been an exciting one to watch. Kohli has struggled to get going against left arm seamers who make the new ball talk with their variations in the past, but his record against Pakistan’s former skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi is really good as he has scored 34 runs in 22 deliveries against the left arm seamer at a phenomenal strike rate of 154.5 and he also has an average of 34 against Shaheen. 

Afridi managed to dismiss Kohli in the 2021 T20 World Cup and it would be interesting to see who finishes out on top on Sunday at New York’s Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. 

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Aryan, cricket lover, writes on ICC Cricket Schedule. His articles cover cricket news, match analysis, and fantasy cricket tips, entertaining and informing fans.

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