Fast bowler Hasan Ali on Wednesday said Pakistan will try and replicate the Champions Trophy 2017 final against India when the arch-rivals meet in their respective T20 World Cup openers on October 24 in Dubai. Pakistan stunned India in the final of the Champions Trophy in 2017 in London to win an elusive title.
Pakistan have since lost to India in the Asia Cup in 2018 and the World Cup in 2019. In fact, Pakistan have never beaten India in a T20 World Cup fixture, dating from their first-ever meeting in 2007 to the 2016 T20 World Cup match which took place in Kolkata.
Hasan Ali highlighted that India-Pakistan matches at the World Cups always bring additional pressure on the players but Pakistan are confident of doing well against their arch-rivals.
"When we won the Champions Trophy (in 2017), it was a very good time for us and we will try to beat them again in the T20 World Cup. We will give our best. Playing against India is always a pressure game because of the expectations of fans from both countries," Hasan Ali said.
"Even those people who don't normally watch cricket follow the India vs Pakistan matches, so the pressure on the players is high but we will give it our best."
India have picked as many as 5 spinners in their 15-man squad but Hasan Ali feels pacers can also make good use of the conditions in the UAE.
"We know how to bowl in those conditions but yes you can see all teams have picked many spinners in their squads."
I will miss Waqar Younis's guidance: Hasan Ali
Meanwhile, Hasan Ali also admitted that he was disappointed at the way Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis had resigned as head coach and bowling coach. Pakistan appointed Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander as consultant coaches for the T20 World Cup.
"Honestly speaking, I was disappointed because the World Cup was coming and such a change happened and they left," he said.
"But it is not our domain as a player and this is something for the Pakistan Cricket Board and others to handle. Our job is to perform and try to win matches for Pakistan."
Hasan said that Waqar was a role model for him and he would miss his guidance but as a professional one has to move on.
"I wish them the best. I will miss Waqar’s guidance as I took up bowling after watching him bowl on screen."