In the T20 World Cup 2021, India has to play its first match against Pakistan on 24 October. Both the teams will take on each other for the first time since 2019. Pakistan’s team has not been able to beat India in any format of the ICC World Cup so far. But Pakistan captain Babar Azam believes that this time his team will start the tournament with a win by defeating India. Both the teams have played against each other in five T20 World Cup games, with India winning all. In the 50-over World Cup, India has defeated Pakistan seven times in a row since 1992. But captain Babar Azam is expected to win this time.
Pakistan Cricket quoted Azam as saying, ‘Our focus is to beat India in the first match and find the momentum and take it forward. Confidence matters the most while going into a big tournament like the World Cup and our confidence and morale as a team remains high.
India-Pakistan team for T20 World Cup
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik .