“Virat is not as consistent as Babar…”: Former Pakistan Pacer Warns India Ahead Of Upcoming Encounters With Pakistan

In cricketing rivalries, few matches hold the electrifying anticipation of an India-Pakistan encounter. The cricketing world is exciting as the stage is set for not one, but potentially four, high-stakes clashes between the arch-rivals in the year 2023. With the first match scheduled for September 2 at the Pallekele International Stadium in Sri Lanka during the Asia Cup, followed by a face-off in the ODI World Cup in Ahmedabad in October, the anticipation is palpable.

A former Pakistani fast bowler, Aaqib Javed, has added a compelling twist to the narrative, suggesting that Pakistan’s cricket team has a golden opportunity to outshine India in these crucial matches.

The historical backdrop between India and Pakistan in cricket is laden with emotions, expectations, and the unpredictable nature of the sport. While Pakistan has struggled to secure wins against India in World Cup meetings, a ray of hope emerged during the 2021 World T20 in the UAE when Pakistan clinched a victory against their rival.

Aaqib Javed, sharing his insights with ‘Events & Happenings Sports,’ highlighted that the impending World Cup meeting at the Narendra Modi Stadium might be the best chance for Pakistan to overcome India’s cricket juggernaut. His reasoning stems from his observation that several senior Indian players will likely play their final ODI games during this tournament.

Javed explained, “Many times you head into World Cup thinking this might be the last for a few players. This time I feel it is happening to India. When stars become larger than life, it becomes difficult for team management to make decisions. That is why if you look at and compare all the departments, Pakistan has a very good chance this time.”

His perspective underscores the notion that transitions within a team, especially among veteran players, can create a window of opportunity for opponents.

When delving deeper into the comparison between key players, Javed shared his observations on Indian captain Rohit Sharma and his counterpart, Virat Kohli. The former Pakistani World Cup-winning pacer acknowledged Sharma’s impending retirement and questioned how long he would continue to grace the field. In contrast, Javed noted that Kohli’s brilliance has been intermittent, contrasting with the consistent performance of Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam.

“How long is Rohit Sharma going to play? If you compare Kohli with Babar, he has one outstanding season, and then there is a decline. He is a brilliant player but in patches. He is not as consistent as Babar. That is why I’m saying this is Pakistan’s best chance to beat India again in a World Cup match,” Javed stated.

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As the cricketing world braces for these monumental clashes, the potential for intense encounters between India and Pakistan is undeniable. The Asia Cup group-stage meeting is set to provide an early glimpse of the teams’ form and strategy. At the same time, the ODI World Cup showdown in Ahmedabad promises to culminate their rivalry in the limited-overs format.

Moreover, the tantalizing prospect of a knock-out stage encounter only amplifies the excitement for fans and experts alike. Many cricket pundits are tipping both teams to reach the semi-finals and possibly even the final, making the stakes higher than ever.

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