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What both captains have to say ahead of Pak vs Ind clash?

What both captains have to say ahead of Pak vs Ind clash?

The biggest of all cricket rivalries, India vs Pakistan, is all set to happen on October 23rd, Sunday, at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and the excitement of fans is advancing with every passing moment.

Despite an intense craze of Pak vs Ind across the cricketing fraternity, it does not happen at all, and the arch-rivals only meet in ACC or ICC events. The last time they met was Asia Cup 2022 when Pakistan thrashed India by five wickets. Before that, India lost to their competitors by a wide margin of 10 wickets.

The stages are once again ready to witness the hyped rivalry scheduled for 7:00 PM PST. Where everyone shares their opinion on the Pak vs Ind clash, the skippers from both teams have also spoken on the viral topic.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, while talking about the weather prediction, mentioned uncertainties since there had been 90% rain of chances. Although they have been reduced to 70, nobody knows what is destined during the match. He says whatever will be in control apart from the weather, the men in blue will try to control that.

“I’ve been hearing about Melbourne weather for a while now, and it keeps changing. You don’t really know what is going to happen tomorrow. The things that are in our control, we’ll try and control that.

He furthermore mentioned that they would assume it as a 40-over game; however, if the situation changes it to a short version, letting the teams play according to what rain demands, Rohit and co, having practised such situations, are ready for that too.

“We need to come here thinking that it’s a 40-over game. We will be ready for that. If the situation demands that it’s a shorter game, we will be ready for that, as well. A lot of the guys have played such kinds of games before.

“They know how to manage themselves in a situation like that where you are getting ready for a 40-over game, and then suddenly it’s a 20-over game for both sides, ten overs each or five overs each.

“Luckily, we played one game in India against Australia, which was an eight-over game. I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference, but we just certainly need to come here very well prepared.”

Sharma further added that the bowling panel, despite missing veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and toe-crusher Jasprit Bumrah, team India owns an experienced bowling line-up.

“The bowlers, who have come with us in the World Cup, have played enough matches,”

On the other hand, after coming from two consecutive wins versus India in their last two matches, Babar Azam says the participants are confident to tackle the opponents once again.

“The boys are confident,”

He further added that they have prepared a plan for each Indian batter, let it be Suryakumar Yadav or Rishabh Pant. The right-handed batter mentioned that no player could be taken lightly.

“We have a plan for every Indian player. We will try and execute those plans. We want to give 100 per cent.”

“Every match is challenging; we cannot take any team lightly. One drop catches and runs out can change matches. It is very important to stay positive.”

While talking about the middle-order woes, he said that he has a firm belief in the overall team and that any player can surprise on the match day.

“You will know this on the day. Any player can surprise you on that day. I believe in my team and my middle order. I back them as captain.”

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