05 August, 2021

March 1: Judgement Day

One of the living legends of the game and an intelligent analyser, Akram is menacingly accurate. Somewhat like his deliveries.

March 1: Judgement Day
For all those who want to see a high-voltage one-dayer between India and Pakistan on March 1, our recent results must be a bit of a dampener. However, the reversals we faced in South Africa and India's poor show in New Zealand will not have much bearing on what happens in SA. The World Cup is the summit of every sport and every sportsman knows this is the real thing. The Pakistanis and Indians are no different, and I'm sure they will be better-prepared for this tournament than for the recent series.

We have not played India for over two years now, and there are quite a few Indians to whom I'll be bowling for the first time. Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif have all come into the Indian team after the last India-Pakistan encounter. I have only seen glimpses of them on television, and they are all very capable players. I am particularly impressed with Sehwag. I'm not a great one for watching ball-by-ball coverage of games on the television, but there are two Indian batsmen I watch whenever I catch them batting. Earlier, it was only Sachin. But now I watch Sehwag...

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