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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis has admitted that the national team’s highly-anticipated World Cup clash against India on Sunday will be bigger than their rivalry as it will be a must-win game for them.
Waqar’s comments come after Pakistan lost to Australia by 41 runs in Taunton on Wednesday.
With just one win from their first four games, Waqar conceded that Pakistan have to win their remaining games, starting with India, where they will need to showcase “an ‘A plus’ performance”.
“When Pakistan play India it’s always a huge game, but their meeting on Sunday is shaping up to be more crucial than ever,” Waqar was quoted as saying by Geo.tv. “It’s simple – if Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to [showcase] an ‘A plus’ performance and win that game.
“The match has always meant so much to both countries. There will be billions watching the game.”
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.
“Pakistan’s track record is very mixed, but that’s all gone. That’s all history. It’s a new game, a new day,” Waqar said.
“Pakistan have got to take positives out of what they did to India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy a couple of years ago. They must think positively going into this game.”