WC games against Pakistan motivated us, wins were 'sweeter': Javagal Srinath

Dubai, Jan 21: Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath has revealed how every player found a way to motivate himself to perform better in ICC World Cup matches against Pakistan.

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Srinath said he was excited to play four World Cup games against Pakistan and wins in all of them made it "sweeter". "I had my fair share of success at the World Cups, but no match excited me more than the four showdowns against Pakistan. That we won all four matches makes it even sweeter," Srinath, now an ICC match referee, wrote in a column on ICC website.

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"Somehow or the other, we found a way to motivate ourselves that much more when we played Pakistan," he added.

Srinath, who is India's most succefful bowler at World Cups with 44 wickets, along with Zaheer Khan, said every India-Pakistan exchange was "high-energy and high-octante stuff".

"In many ways, especially for the fans of both teams, it was the final of the tournament, no matter even if it was just a pool fixture. Every match was high-energy, high-octane stuff, with needle such as the Javed Miandad-Kiran More incident at the SCG in 1992, the Aamir Sohail-Venkatesh Prasad face-off in Bangalore in 1996, and Sachin Tendulkar's demolition of Shoaib Akhtar in Centurion in 2003.

"In contests such as these, both the winner and the loser is remembered for long, but for entirely different reasons, of course!"

Talking about this year's clash between the arch rivals in Adelaide on February 15, Srinath felt the strengths will not matter when both sets of players take the field.

"I see no reason why the India-Pakistan match in Adelaide in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be any different. The strengths of the two sides are immaterial when the two sides face each other. The keenness to win lifts the games of the players collectively, that will be the match to look forward to at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," he concluded.

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