Pak vs Ind: Imad Wasim suggests one change in Pakistan team

Pakistan and India will face-off in Ahmedabad during the ICC World Cup 2023 today

By Web Desk
October 14, 2023
Imad Wasim celebrates after taking a wicket. - AFP

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim has suggested one change in the Men in Green lineup for the match against India today.

The left-arm spinner believes that Fakhar Zaman should open the innings with Abdullah Shafique instead of Imam-ul-Haq.

“I think it is important to include Fakhar Zaman in the Pakistan team. The way he has played against India in the past and dominates the spinners, hitting sweeps and slog sweeps,” Wasim said on Geo News.

He also had a word of advice for Pakistan captain Babar Azam.

“I think Babar Azam should bring back the pacers if the Indian batters get set in order to break their rhythm, especially Rohit Sharma,” he said.

There is no bigger match in international cricket than Pakistan vs India, more so in the World Cup, where the world stops and supporters from both countries hold their breath and watch the arch-rivals take on one another. Regardless of the venue, the hype, the tension, and the drama remain the same.

The two teams are set to face each other for the eighth time in the history of the World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium, a venue capable of accommodating as many as 132,000 spectators.

Rohit Sharma is eager to carry on the tradition of India beating Pakistan in the World Cup, while Babar Azam is keen to etch his name in history as the first Pakistani captain to defeat the Blues in the 50-over World Cup, similar to what he accomplished in the T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai.

Both teams are in red-hot form. The Green Shirts head to Ahmedabad after achieving the largest successful chase in the history of the mega event against Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the Blues showcased their prowess by chasing down the target of 273 runs in just 35 overs against Afghanistan in their last game, demonstrating their preparation for the highly anticipated encounter.

The arch-rivals have met one another 134 times in total in ODIs, with Pakistan winning 73 matches and India emerging victorious 56 times, while five times the match was tied. However, their head-to-head record in the World Cup is one-sided with the Blues emerging victorious seven out of seven times.