Last year, Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets in the T20 World Cup match.

Shoaib Akhtar. (Photo source: Facebook)

Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar believes that unlike the previous T20 World Cup, it will be difficult for the men in green to beat India in the upcoming T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia in October. Pakistan and India locked horns in their respective first campaigns, where the former beat the latter to terrible defeat.

Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over India in the T20 World Cup 2021 was historic as they had never beaten the men in blue in a global 20-over competition and this win was their first. The two teams are back in the same group and will face each other on October 23, Sunday, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“India will come up with proper planning this time. It will not be easy for Pakistan to beat India in the T20 WC this time,” Cricket Pakistan quoted Akhtar as saying. Akhtar, who holds the world record for the fastest ball in the history of the sport, believes the Indian side will be fired up and ready to face their arch-rivals Pakistanthereby learning from his previous defeat.

He also advised Pakistan to play second as the pitch in Melbourne would be more conducive to their fast bowlers. “It is quite difficult to predict the results of the matches now, but Pakistan should finish second [the] the Melbourne ground offers bounce for fast bowlers,” he said.

Around 150,000 fans to watch the match in Melbourne: Akhtar

India vs Pakistan rivalry is watched by all the cricket lovers in the world and also eagerly awaited by the fans of the two countries apart from others. Some of the best cricketing contests have been witnessed when the two neighboring nations have faced each other before and Akhtar believes the MCG will be packed with thousands of spectators.

“I think the crowd will be bigger this time. About 150 thousand fans will watch the match in Melbourne. Out of them, 70,000 will be Indian fans,” he said. Pakistan’s next appearance on the international stage will be their two-match Test series against hosts Sri Lanka, which is set to begin on July 16.

It will not be easy for Pakistan to beat India in T20 World Cup this time: Shoaib Akhtar

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