Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi While Pakistan hold a 2-1 lead over their fierce rivals and neighbours in the Champions Trophy, it is India who have won 10 out of the 11 contests at the World Cup and World T20 tournaments between the two sides. In recent times, however, the rivalry between the two cricketing giants has been one sided with India enjoying the lion’s share of positive results. “As a passionate Pakistan supporter, it’s natural that I would want my team to finish on the winning side against any team, and especially against India. However, recent history and the depth of the India squad gives it a slight edge heading into the game,” Afridi wrote in a recently published column on the ICC website.
“Led by Virat Kohli, the Indians possess a formidable batting line-up that can flay any bowling attack on its day. Virat Kohli’s credentials as a top-order batsman are known to all and he has played some memorable innings in the ODI format.”The former Pakistan T20 skipper also maintained that in order to succeed against the Men in Blue, Pakistan’s bowlers would need to keep chipping away with wickets at regular intervals. “India enters the game against Pakistan on a high and has the ‘favourite’ tag. However the ‘Green-shirts’ can surely spring a surprise with a committed and passionate performance according to present day cricket requirements,” Afridi insisted.Following the clash against Pakistan, India will face Sri Lanka and South Africa on June 8 and June 11 respectively. The Men in Blue are number one in the Test rankings after series victories over New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, and would hope to carry that form into the Champions Trophy.
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