Kolkata: Pakistan’s burgeoning left-arm spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim fired the first salvo ahead of the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, saying Saturday could be the first time for the Pakistan team to win a World Cup match against arch-rivals, India.
Pakistan has never beaten India in a major world-level ICC event beginning from the 1992 World Cup to the 2014 World Twenty20. Pakistan have lost all World Cup (50 overs) contests in 1992, 1996, 2003, 2011 and 2015.
They have also came a cropper in the 2007 World Twenty20 (group match and then final) and in the 2012 and 2014 World Twenty20.
Asked will that jinx be at the back of Pakistan players minds, Imad said: “That will have to break someday and Saturday could be the day. It (the jinx) will not last forever, and our win against Bangladesh gives us the right kind of confidence in that sense.”
Imad admitted it will be a challenge to bowl against Indian batsmen, who despite succumbing to the Kiwi spinners in the first game in Nagpur, are good against slow bowlers.
“Yes, they are very good against spinners but we have a plan against them and we have to execute that,” said Imad who will be playing for the first time against India.
“I know of the plan and know that they are good batsmen, like Rhoit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. They are all masters but I have to stick to my good points and leave the results to the Almighty.”
Imad said handling pressure will be the key.
“We have to handle pressure which comes with a match against India and we are ready for that. We are one up in this event and that gives us confidence and the best thing is that our batting clicked so that also is a plus.”