This tournament can safely fall into David vs Goliath saga. Sample some of the setbacks- Bangladesh defeating the black caps, Sri Lanka upsetting the Indian fans temporarily and to top it all Pakistan making strong English team wait for another 4 years!
So when India will take on the resurging Pakistani team on Sunday, Kohli and his men will only ignore this fact at their own peril. So far this has been an Indian Summer in England but going by the fairy tale narration of this trophy it could well be Pakistan’s ‘mauka’
Here are the 5 Pakistani players who can turn history on their side.
The latecomer who peaked at the right moment. Pakistan bloomed late in the tournament and so did Hasan Ali. While playing against their arch rivals India in the group match Hasan was beaten black and blue by the men in blue. He was smashed everywhere by Kohli’s men and it seemed the end of a dream of this young Pakistani medium pacer from Mandi Bahauddin from across the border in Punjab. His performance lately epitomizes more or less the performance of Team Pakistan in the tournament.
After a long time Pakistan is witnessing a genuine swing bowler. To call him close to Wasim Akram can be far- fetched but he has all the making of a genuine left arm fast swinging bowler- and traditionally such bowlers have always troubled Indian batsmen-remember Bruce Reid of Australia or Vaas of Sri Lanka? His balanced bowling against South Africa and fiery spell against Sri Lanka speaks volume about the threat he can pose to the Indian top order.
They can keep wickets and they can bat a bit. This has been the story of Pakistan’s wicket keeper batsmen till date and Sarfaraz is no different. The only difference is that he watches the game from the best position and uses this vantage point in his captaincy. His winning knock against Sri Lanka was truly a captain's innings and with India, at the other end, the wicket keeper batsmen will ensure that he is an irritant with his unconventional batting.
The handsome lad from Punjab is easily Pakistan’s most lethal weapon. His has been a story of early success, early failure, and a robust comeback. Along with Hassan Ali and Junaid, he will form a formidable troika of Pakistan’s pace attack. Just one hitch. His injury may play a spoilsport but knowing Mohammad Amir he would definitely want to lead from the front.
Of the existing Pakistani players he is the one who has played the maximum number of matches against India, he is the one who has faced the humiliation of the inaugural T20 World Cup defeat against India and he is the one who would be most passionately driven. It’s just that so far he has been a wet gunpowder. But he is an old h