Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan said that Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Rizwan will be the key batters for their respective sides in the India-Pakistan clash.
India and Pakistan will lock horns with each other after more than five years in T20I cricket when they play their first game of the Super 12 stage on October 24 in Dubai.
Pakistan have never won against India and have lost five times in past against them in the T20 World Cup.
India vs Pakistan: Younis Khan says Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are two very bankable batsmen
Younis, who was Pakistan’s 2009 T20 World Cup-winning captain, said that both the captains will have the pressure of scoring runs in the big clash.
The former players feels India’s white-ball vice-captain Rohit and Pakistan’s wicket-keeper Rizwan can turn the game for their teams.
“Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are two very bankable batsmen for both India and Pakistan respectively, but I feel that Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Rizwan can also turn up the heat. The spotlight will largely be on the two captains, so Rohit and Rizwan will be eased off pressure and can produce match-winning performances for their sides,” Younis said on YouTube channel “Uncut.”
Jasprit Bumrah has been brilliant in the last few months: Younis Khan
Jasprit Bumrah is India’s fear-most bowler with his sharp yorkers and formidable bowling in death overs, he remains a threat to the opposition batters.
Younis said that Bumrah will be a key bowler for India.
“Pakistan’s fast bowlers have been in good shape. For India, their pace attack has improved significantly in the recent past as well. Bumrah, in particular, has been brilliant in the last few months,” Younis said.
Babar Azam and Virat Kohli will be the talk of the game, and their comparisons will never stop since the former has risen as Pakistan’s best batter in all formats since 2016.
“Both are top, top players. Babar is still young and he is building his career right now. Kohli, meanwhile, had made his debut in 2008 when I was still playing. I don’t particularly think that the comparison is fair but it’s good to see fans talking about the two players in good stead,” Younis mentioned.
India and Pakistan are also paired with New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage.