Islamabad, Sep.26 (ANI): While the battle on the ground is still hours away, the psychological encounter has already begun ahead of the India-Pakistan clash in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Former Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Zahid has said, and rightly so, that matches between both these arch-rivals are often won by the team which is mentally stronger.
"These matches are very high intensity and there is a lot of pressure on the players. Most of the time, its the team who is mentally better prepared and mentally tougher on the day that comes out on top. The players who control their nerves will be the ones that perform well in these matches," Zahid said.
Zahid pointed out that India certainly has an advantage over them and is a team which has been performing really well in the past, but added that Pakistan, on its day, could create problems even for the world's top teams.
"I think India has the slightly better overall team balance, but make no mistake, this Pakistan team on its day can beat anyone put in front of them. You could put a World XI up against Pakistan and on their day they could beat them," Zahid told PakPassion.net.
He said the contest between the Indian spinners and Pakistani batsmen would be interesting to watch.
"India's spinners and how Pakistan's batsmen play them will be intriguing, as I think India's spin attack could stifle the Pakistan batting especially if they go into their shell and dont attack them. Additionally India's fielding is much better than Pakistan's, so I really do think the key battle will be Pakistan's bowlers against the Indian batting lineup," Zahid added.
He said India would miss the services of hard hitting batsmen like Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh, which could affect the result of the match. (ANI)