In a matter of few hours, the mother of all cricketing battles will re-ignite as India and Pakistan begin their T20 World Cup campaign with what promises to be a blockbuster contest. This is probably the only match that garners more attention than the final itself as cricketing contests between the two nations have been far and few lately. In the last five years, the two teams have faced each other only six times, with India winning five and Pakistan triumphing once.
As the Dubai International Cricket Stadium readies itself to be jam-packed, all eyes will be on the Playing XIs of both teams. Babar Azam’s Pakistan revealed their squad of 12 on the even of the match, while Virat Kohli remained mum about India’s combination. He had said ahead of India’s first warm-up against England that India are sorted as to what their XI is going to be for the opener even as excitement continued to generate around it.
The final XI remains to be seen but former India opener Virender Sehwag knows the first name he would like to see in Kohli’s XI, which is none other than Hardik Pandya. Sehwag believes that that if the 27-year-old has a good evening in Dubai, the match is all India’s to win, such is the destructive nature of the all-rounder.