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‘This time we can change history & beat India in WC’
Karachi:Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan feels that this year’s ODI World Cup will provide the country’s cricketers another opportunity to break the jinx of having never beaten India in the quadrennial event.
“History is there to be changed and my feeling is this time we can change it and win against India in Adelaide,” Younis told reporters on Thursday in Lahore. Pakistan have never beaten India in any World Cup match since the event was launched in 1975.
Younis, 37, said he would like to carry forward his recent form into the World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
“Recently when I played against Australia in the Tests, people were wondering if Younis was finished but I just hit form and started scoring centuries on a trot. This purple patch can also happen to me in the World Cup,” said the former Pakistan captain.
The game between the arch-rivals, scheduled on February 15, is already been sold out and could be the most watched cricket match in the history. Younis said Pakistan have some very good performers and if every player could do his job responsibly and play like a unit, then they could beat India.
But the senior player noted that there were no favourites in the upcoming World Cup because of the way one-day cricket had changed in recent years and this time anyone could win the title as the rule changes had narrowed the gap between the top teams.
“You can say in Australian and New Zealand conditions the host countries or South Africa and England will have an advantage but even they cannot be termed as favourites,” he insisted.
He said playing Test cricket for Pakistan was one of the best times of his life and as long as he was fit and in form he would continue to play.(PTI)