There isn’t any larger recreation in cricket than the conflict between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, and one is due on Sunday (tomorrow).
The 2 neighbouring nations, with a bitter cricketing historical past, will lock horns within the Asia T20 Cup. Having being whipped by a whopping margin of ten wickets by the Inexperienced Shirts within the T20 World Cup recreation on October 24, 2021, final 12 months in Dubai, India might be very cautious within the much-anticipated showpiece.
And certainly it will not be simple for India to dent Pakistan’s hopes. The Inexperienced Shirts, with robust T20 cricket credentials over time, can repeat final 12 months’s World Cup feat in opposition to India with their opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, who might be an actual menace to the Indians.
With Babar having stamped his authority as probably the most dependable batsman in all three codecs with monumental consistency, Rizwan is undoubtedly probably the most harmful T20 participant which the world has produced lately.
Having performed collectively for fairly a while whereas opening the innings within the T20 forma,t each know the artwork of dealing with any high assault with an enviable ease. With Babar elegant in his strategy, Rizwan is brutal when it’s his day. The contracting characters might be an actual menace to India, that are sizzling favourites of the six-nation occasion.
If each bat for a number of overs, they might take the sport away from India. In addition to being extremely dependable, each additionally know one another and may put quite a lot of strain on the Indians with their singles and twos that are at occasions wanted in T20 cricket.
No matter his fluctuating fortunes within the longer format, Rizwan at all times has proven a killer intuition in T20 cricket. And his current stint with Sussex exhibits this.
Rizwan had an exquisite 2021, amassing 1,326 runs in 26 innings with 12 fifties and one century. He additionally scored probably the most runs within the format in a calendar 12 months than every other batter so far.
And the Peshawar-born wicket-keeper batsman will look to construct on his heroics from the earlier match within the 2021 T20 World Cup.
After Rizwan, Babar was the second-highest run-scorer in T20 cricket in 2021. And he has not proven any indicators of shifting gears at any stage, having dominated the world’s cricket for the earlier two years or so.