‘Semifinal contest between India’s batting and Pakistan’s bowling’


Kolkata : Hoping that the India-Pakistan cricket World Cup semifinal in Mohali Wednesday would not be a one-sided game, several former World Cup winning skippers Monday said it would be a contest between India’s strong batting and Pakistan’s formidable bowling.

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“I hope that it will not be a one-sided game. Both the teams have a bundle of talent. India has the batting advantage, while Pakistan has the bowling and fielding advantage,” said cricketing legend Clive Lloyd who led the West Indies to World Cup glory in 1975 and 1979.

“If Sachin (Tendulkar) bats well then India will have a very good start. Yuvraj (Singh) has also come of age. I think he has done extremely well (in the World Cup),” he stated.

“Any India-Pakistan contest creates lot of pressure and evokes a lot of interest. India are slightly favourites in the semifinal as they will be playing on home ground. The contest will be between India’s batting lineup and Pakistan’s bowling lineup,” said former Australian skipper Allan Border, who led his side to victory in the 1987 edition.

Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain Imran Khan said: “I also don’t want a one-sided game. I will project a Sri Lanka-Pakistan final.” Khan was the skipper when Pakistas won their only Cup title in 1992.

When India’s only World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev was asked to comment on Khan’s statement, he said: “One can dream. We all dream. But we should be careful.”

Under Kapil’s captaincy India had won the title in 1983.