Matthew Hayden, Pakistan‘s batting consultant for the 2021 T20 World Cup, has named India‘s KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant as the two major threats to the Pakistan side when the arch-rivals face each other on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium after 2 years. They last faced each other in the 2019 World cup group stage where India beat them once again.
History-making opportunity’ for Pakistan: Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden, who has been part of several great Ashes matches, reckons nothing matches the tension between India and Pakistan rivalry. The former opener reckons this upcoming encounter between the two neighbouring nations is a “history-making opportunity” for the Pakistan team to end India’s clean record over them – 5-0 in T20 World Cups – and also start their tournament with a win
“Nothing that I’ve ever seen through the various elements of our game ever matches the rivalry of India and Pakistan. There is an obvious pressure much like the pressure that’s there when you play against England for Australia.
“But the pressure is only as much as you allow it to be. Your preparation is there, your experience is there, your opportunity now becomes a history-making opportunity,” Matthew Hayden added.
India won both their warm-up matches – versus England and Australia – while Pakistan defeated West Indies before losing a last-ball thriller to South Africa courtesy of Rassie van der Dussen’s century.