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T20 World Cup: “If India Get Babar Azam Out Early, Pakistan Batting Line-Up Can Fall Like A House Of Cards” – Monty Panesar

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India will begin their World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan. The hype has been on an all-time high and Monty Panesar believes if India can get Pakistan skipper Babar Azam early, they can easily knock down the rest of the batting order.

“If India bowlers get rid of Babar Azam early, they can destroy Pakistan like a pack (house) of cards,” Monty Panesar said to TOI in an interview.

The former spinner further added that the Pakistan squad for T20 World Cup will be under pressure considering India’s overall record against the neighbouring country as India has been victorious on all 5 occasions they have faced Pakistan in a T20 ICC event.

“Pakistan are really good on UAE tracks. They have a good bowling lineup with Shaheen Afridi in the side. They have a solid batting lineup with Babar Azam in the side. They have all the basics covered. You just can’t predict Pakistan. Only Pakistan can beat Pakistan.

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He further added:

“On their day, they can beat any team in the world. Pakistan are really motivated this time and wouldn’t spare any team. But India will have an upper hand, considering their overall records against Pakistan. Pakistan will be under pressure, not India,” Monty Panesar concluded.

India will have an upper hand – Monty Panesar

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The former England spinner believes India will enter as the favourites despite Pakistan being a really good side in UAE wickets.

“Pakistan are really good on UAE tracks. They have a good bowling lineup with Shaheen Afridi in the side. They have a solid batting lineup within the side. They have all the basics covered. You just can’t predict Pakistan. Only Pakistan can beat Pakistan. On their day, they can beat any team in the world. Pakistan is really motivated this time and wouldn’t spare any team. But India will have an upper hand, looking at the records and the squad, Monty Panesar concluded.


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