Waqar Younis believes Pakistan will want an “A-plus” efficiency if they’re to beat arch-rivals India in a high-stakes World Cup match on Sunday.
Pakistan’s 41-run defeat by champions Australia at Taunton on Wednesday has left them eighth within the 10-team desk.
Though they nonetheless have greater than half of their group video games nonetheless to play, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s facet can’t afford many extra slip-ups if they’re to complete among the many high 4 that can qualify for the semi-finals.
“When Pakistan play India it’s at all times an enormous sport, however their assembly on Sunday is shaping as much as be extra essential than ever,” Pakistan fast-bowling nice Waqar wrote in a column for the Worldwide Cricket Council.
“If Pakistan need to keep within the event, they must convey an A-plus efficiency and win that sport.”
“The match has at all times meant a lot to each nations. There might be billions watching the sport.”
Historical past might be towards Pakistan at Previous Trafford, with India having gained all six earlier conferences between the subcontinental cricket giants on the World Cup.
India are additionally in advantageous type, with Virat Kohli’s facet having crushed each South Africa and Australia of their two earlier group video games earlier than Thursday’s no end result towards New Zealand.
“Pakistan’s observe document could be very combined, however that’s all gone,” mentioned Waqar. “That’s all historical past. It’s a brand new sport, a brand new day.”
However Waqar mentioned Pakistan might take coronary heart from the final main one-day worldwide event in England and Wales, once they misplaced to India of their opening match of the 2017 Champions Trophy solely to bounce again in fashion to thrash them by 180 runs within the last.
Left-arm fast Mohammed Amir returned career-best figures of 5-30 towards Australia on Wednesday because the defending champions had been dismissed for 307.
Waqar, who shaped an excellent new ball-partnership with left-arm tempo nice Wasim Akram, mentioned Pakistan wanted to do extra to again up Amir.
“Mohammad Amir didn’t get any help from the opposite finish (towards Australia).Nobody actually noticed the comeback coming and for that, it’s a must to take your hat off to Amir. Full marks to him for the way in which he bowled.
“Even with the brand new ball, I assumed he bowled fairly properly. He might have picked up greater than 5 wickets in the long run. He was unlucky with a few nicks early on.
“Amir bowled beautifully. He confirmed us all his cutters, variations and short-pitched deliveries.”
The gifted Amir’s profession seemed completed when he was given a five-year ban and jail sentence for his position in a spot-fixing rip-off through the 2010 Lord’s Check towards England.
“I feel everyone knows Amir is mentally very, very robust,” mentioned Waqar. “He confirmed as soon as once more that class is everlasting — he’s, little question, a match-winner.”