The Men in Blue face arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening fixture of the ICC T20 Worl Cup 2022. The teams will lock horns on October 23 (Sunday) at Melbourne Cricket Stadium in Australia as the fans wait with bated breath to watch the action unfold.
Rohit Sharma will marshall his troops and hope to eclipse Babar Azam’s Pakistan, who have been in emphatic form, of late. With a mouthwatering action in the offing, let’s take a look at 3 player battles that can pan out during the match.
India vs Pakistan: 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For In ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022
Babar Azam vs Arshdeep Singh
Babar Azam is one of the prolific batsmen of the current generation and tackling him could be tricky business for any bowler. The Pakistan skipper is one such player who can single-handedly take the game away from the opposition.
He recently slammed a century in the T20I series against England. The Pakistan skipper mustered 285 runs in 7 matches against England at an average of 57.0 and a strike rate of 143+. Babar Azam will a lethal batsman to watch out for during the IND vs PAK clash.
Arshdeep Singh on the other hand has shown great promise and will have a task cut out with the new ball. After many years, a powerful left-arm pacer like Arshdeep Singh has managed to get a permanent spot in the Indian national cricket team.
If Arshdeep Singh comes up with a fabulous show in the IND vs PAK encounter in powerplay overs, Pakistan can lose their two prime batsmen Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam. These two batters are the core strength of Pak’s batting.
Shaheen Afridi vs KL Rahul
Shaheen Afridi will be making a return after serving a long injury. The left-arm pacer was injured for the last two-three months but is now fit to play in the tournament.
Afridi crushed the Indian top order in the T20 World Cup 2021 encounter last year. The Pakistan pacer picked 3 wickets to win the man of the match award in that game. Hence, Shaheen Afridi can again dismantle Indian batting with his pace attack.
However, it will be an interesting battle to watch with KL Rahul on the opposite end. The right-handed batsman slammed 2 half-centuries in the last two T20I games against Pakistan. Due to his consistent performances, he was also nominated as the vice-captain of the team earlier this year.
If KL Rahul manages to slam a quickfire knock at the top, it will give India a spectacular start and the foundation to post a big total.
Mohammad Rizwan vs Dinesh Karthik
Mohammad Rizwan is in outstanding form and the Pakistan opener holds the top spot in ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. In the recent T20I series against England, the wicketkeeper-batter smacked 316 runs in 6 games at an average of 63.20.
He smacked 4 half-centuries in the series. With the marvellous form that Mohammed Rizwan currently holds, he can definitely dominate Indian bowlers during the IND vs PAK encounter.
India’s gloveman Dinesh Karthik on the other hand is a hard-hitting batter who has the ability to smash runs at a high strike rate. Dinesh Karthik’s every brilliant T20I knock this year was a quickfire knock.
He slammed 46 off 21 against Australia, 41* off 19 against West Indies, 30* off 21 and 55 off 27 against South Africa. The wicketkeeper batter is a death-over specialist and if slams a quickfire knock in the IND vs PAK clash, the opposition will face big trouble.