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With Pakistan taking on India in the World Cup on Sunday, legendary seamer Waqar Younis believes that the national team have to take early wickets and can’t find themselves in trouble early on if they want to win.
Pakistan will play India 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.
Given that Pakistan have only secured one win in their first four World Cup matches, Waqar admitted that they will have to be at their best if they want to come out on top.
“I hope they have got their best game in the locker for India, who showed against Australia that they are a very fine side,” Waqar was quoted as saying by Geo.tv. “What I have seen in this World Cup so far is that if you don’t pick up early wickets, you’re in trouble. The new ball is so crucial and the openers are being more careful in the first ten overs this year.
“They’re not really going full throttle, they are being a bit more watchful. Once you don’t lose any wickets early on, it becomes easier because the ball doesn’t swing and batting becomes easier.
“It was with the new ball, in both batting and bowling, that I felt Pakistan missed a trick in their entertaining defeat to Australia at Taunton.
“Early on, we were not really sharp enough and Sarfraz Ahmed was not on his toes. Mohammad Amir didn’t get any support from the other end.”