Javed Miandad: “There will be a lot of pressure on both Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed to win”
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Legendary Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad has admitted that captain Sarfraz Ahmed will be under pressure during the World Cup, especially during the highly-anticipated match against India.
Pakistan will play India on June 16 in Manchester, and the men in green will be looking to snap their winless streak against their arch-rivals as India have triumphed in their six World Cup meetings to date.
However, Pakistan can take confidence from the fact that they demolished India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final in 2017.
“Let’s be honest, there is always pressure when India and Pakistan meet in the field of sport,” Miandad was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “But as professional sportsmen, we all know that any anxiety or pressure that is placed on us before the game disappears once the first ball is bowled.
“After that, it simply becomes a case of playing to the best of your abilities in the same way you would do against any other opponent. Having said that, it is also true that there will be a lot of pressure on both Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed to win but both are professionals who will not let this sort of pressure affect their own game or that of their players.”
“The game of cricket in many minds takes a back seat when both these sides play. Players not only have to worry about their own and their team’s performances, but also get constant pressure from the media, fans and relatives who are all exhorting them to defeat the opposition, whatever it takes.
“Streets become empty when both these sides are playing which is never the case when India or Pakistan play other opponents. But thankfully, we have some excellent sportsmen on both sides who can free themselves from such pressures and concentrate on the game when the time arrives.
“If there are players who cannot take this pressure, then I feel such players should not be part of the team. Let’s also understand the fact that there can only be one winner in these games but sometimes it’s the fans who do not comprehend this and put unnecessary pressure on their team.”