Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that this time his team will definitely beat India in the World Cup. The ICC T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan is to be played in Dubai today. The match will start at 7:30 pm Indian time. Before this match, Akhtar said that he feels bad for Team India captain Virat Kohli. Apart from this, Akhtar also said that Pakistan has the upper hand because when it comes to the captain’s luck, Babar Azam is ahead in it. At the same time, Akhtar also expressed his opinion about the comparison of Virat and Babar as batsmen.
Akhtar said on Zee News, ‘Virat Kohli is a much bigger name, and his records bear witness to it. Babar is just trying to reach that point right now. But he is a very talented player and it is great to watch his drives. Babar has proved his mettle in every format. I feel bad for Virat Kohli, he has not been a lucky captain for Team India, but India and Pakistan will see a close contest. The two best captains and two best batsmen will be leading their respective teams.
Both Virat and Babar had come into the limelight since the days of Under-19 cricket. India won the 2008 Under-19 World Cup under Virat’s captaincy, while Pakistan reached the semi-finals of the 2012 Under-19 World Cup under Babar’s captaincy. Virat made his international debut in 2008, while Babar Azam played the first international match for Pakistan in 2015. Virat has scored 7765, 12169 and 3159 runs in 96 Tests, 254 ODIs and 90 T20 Internationals respectively, while Babar has scored 2362, 3985 and 2204 runs in 35 Tests, 83 ODIs and 61 T20 Internationals respectively.