“Playing against India is something Babar and I were discussing earlier…” Pakistan Star’s Surprising Comment On 2023 World Cup Against India

The excitement is building up as the schedule for the 2023 World Cup was recently unveiled, revealing Pakistan’s return to Indian soil after a gap of seven years. With their first match against one of the two qualifiers on October 6, the Pakistan men’s cricket team, led by Babar Azam, will face their arch-rivals, India, in a highly anticipated clash on October 15 in Ahmedabad.

As the countdown to the tournament begins, opener Imam-ul-Haq has shared his thoughts on touring India and expressed his optimism for the team’s prospects. Additionally, he reflects on his personal growth as a cricketer since the 2019 World Cup.

Pakistan’s last visit to India was 2016 for the T20 World Cup. However, the upcoming World Cup will mark the first time that many players, including captain Babar Azam, will step foot on Indian soil as members of the national side. Imam-ul-Haq highlighted that playing in India, particularly against India itself, and achieving something special has been a long-standing aspiration for him and Babar. The team’s anticipation and eagerness to compete against their rivals is palpable.

“Playing in India, especially against India, and doing something special (was something) which Babar and I were discussing before 2010,” Imam revealed.

Drawing parallels to the successful 2019 team, Imam highlighted its ability to chase daunting targets and their victory in South Africa, showcasing their potential. The opener emphasized the importance of providing opportunities to players, as it often leads to commendable performances. The excitement and nerves surrounding the tournament are evident, but Imam’s faith in the team’s abilities is unwavering. He firmly believes that this team has the potential to achieve great things, and winning the World Cup in India would be a remarkable feat for the nation.

“I believe our one-day team is the most compatible and balanced. The combination is similar to 2019. Whenever you give opportunities to players, performances will come. We have chased 350 here (in Pakistan), scored 330 in South Africa, and won the series there. So yes, everybody is excited. A bit nervous as well, I won’t lie. This team can do wonders, and it would be good for our nation if we win the World Cup in India,” Imam stated.

When asked about his personal development as a cricketer, Imam-ul-Haq acknowledged his transformation since the 2019 World Cup. He described himself as older, more mature, and now carrying the responsibility of a senior player within the team. Imam also highlighted his improved shot selection and mentioned that his performances over the past four years had reached a higher level. As a result, he aims to continue his upward trajectory and significantly contribute to the team’s success.

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“Yes, I believe. If I ask myself, if I see in the mirror, Imam-ul-Haq is very different from 2019 to 2023. I’m much older, much more mature. And as a senior, now I’ve got the responsibility. I’ve developed my shots as well. From last 4 years, my performances have improved, so I want to continue that,” said the left-handed opener.

Before the World Cup, India, and Pakistan will also lock horns in the Asia Cup, adding further intensity to the rivalry. While the schedule for the continental tournament is yet to be announced, the anticipation surrounding these matches is incredibly high. The Asia Cup will allow both teams to fine-tune their strategies and gain crucial momentum heading into the World Cup.

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