IND vs PAK ODI WORLD CUP 2023 (A Jurassic Encounter with Two Dinosaurs)
Additives weren’t completely absent from Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs would have looked different if the genetic codes had been pure. However, normalcy was not what the park’s owners or the patrons wanted. Rather, there was an incessant need for additional teeth.
Comparable to dinosaurs, India and Pakistan are fascinating enough on their own. Their common history, geography, culture, and even jingoism give the game of cricket a unique energy when they are present on the pitch. Without recognizing the growing breadth and depth of this two-pointer game, the title of #GreatestRivalry in the ‘Greatest Cricket World Cup ever’ is incomplete. We offer Ahmedabad 2023 and acknowledge Melbourne 2022. Furthermore, how about a pre-show entertainment schedule that takes place here, nine days following the start of the show?.
It would seem unfair to expect sobriety from only 22 people out of a population of over a billion, especially in this situation where things are obviously not going as normal. Although extremes are something that both Pakistan and India deal with on a daily basis, Rohit Sharma’s team may have a small advantage in this regard. As demonstrated earlier this year during a Test match to accommodate political spectacle, they are used to the idea of doing pre-match rituals outside this large stadium. But Pakistan seems ready for everything that comes their way on this historic visit: applause, inquiries about biryani nonstop, and problems for their middle and upper classes.
Even with all of their talent, the team is nevertheless vulnerable to emotional influences during playing. They can be overwhelmed by it, but they can also find strength in it. It was Shadab Khan, not Babar, organizing field placements, directing plays, and making decisions during the frantic final moments at the MCG last year. Even the batsman, Hardik Pandya, made a contribution by helping to position the third man fielder accurately. India, though, manages this kind of mayhem a little bit better. They have already won a World Cup at home, and their players have advanced much in the process, so they are harder to influence.
Let’s now concentrate on the 7-0 streak, which is like a gigantic dinosaur in the park. These figures loom huge, much like the odds that are piled against Pakistan in the forthcoming game. Babar and his team will need to put in a tremendous amount of work to defeat a well-rounded Indian team. But if they can somehow overcome the odds, the tournament might finally feel that natural spark that it has been longing for.
When: India vs Pakistan, October 14, 2023, 14:00 IST
Where: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
What to expect: As the fielding team enters the field at the start of the match, expect a sweltering day with temperatures expected to reach to 36 degrees Celsius. The first discomfort is unavoidable, but there could be a benefit in that dew could make batting much easier in the second half—a lesson learned from Pakistan’s experience two nights before the match. The pitch on match eve looks like a dark greenish-black earth pitch that has been left intentionally to help with binding.
In the event that the surface continues to behave like it did on opening day, teams should aim to score between 330 and 340 to build a lead.
Team Reports: Shubman Gill practiced for thirty minutes two days prior to the match, demonstrating his dedication. Gill is 99% likely to be available, according to captain Rohit Sharma, although a final decision might be made closer to the game following Gill’s practice on match night. Shardul Thakur is probably going to hold his spot over Ravichandran Ashwin in a match when spin is predicted to be less of an impact. Mohammed Shami, who has a great track record at the stadium, is anticipated to take Mohammed Siraj’s spot after the latter had a difficult day against Afghanistan.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan/Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Tactics & Strategy: Keep an eye on the much-anticipated encounter between Kuldeep Yadav and Babar Azam, which was spared from the Asia Cup because of Kuldeep’s outstanding performance. Pakistan’s batting performance could be crucial against Kuldeep’s spin, particularly in the middle overs. Additionally, observe how Pakistan’s struggling spin pair of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz are handled by India’s redesigned middle order.
With their current form, Babar Azam’s team is unlikely to alter their winning lineup against Sri Lanka.
Probable XI: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Tactics & Strategy: With his left-arm angle, Shaheen Afridi, who masterminded Pakistan’s memorable World Cup moment against India two years ago, will be crucial in exploiting their right-heavy batting lineup.
Notable Information: – In the PowerPlay in ODIs this year, Rohit Sharma has smashed 23 sixes, while Pakistan has hit none. In their last 20 ODIs, Pakistan has failed to score a single six during the Powerplay phase.
. In eight World Cup matches against Pakistan, Virat Kohli has only ever been sent off for a score below fifty.
. Pakistan has a 9-7 head-to-head record in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) versus India since the year 2000.
To give you that assurance, I believe there are some boxes I need to check before every game.To enter the event, I must prepare thoroughly. And I reasoned that I had done everything within my power to be well-prepared for every game.” – Rohit Sharma discussing the value of both mental and technical preparedness.
“I didn’t get the captaincy because of a match and I will not lose it because of a match.” Babar Azam on his lack of concern over one game defining his status.