The official date for the World Cup 2023 between India and Pakistan has been announced, and the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will be full-packed on October 15. India will seek to extend their WC winning streak over Pakistan to 8-0, while Babar Azam and the company will do everything possible to ensure the streak is broken. Although Pakistan broke their World Cup hoodoo against India in Dubai in 2021, they are still looking for their first 50-over victory over the arch-rivals. Since 1992, every time India and Pakistan have faced off in the ODI World Cup, only one team has emerged triumphant, and the results have always been one-sided.
As the mother of all wars approaches, Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan has made an intriguing statement about facing India in the World Cup. The emotions inherent in an India-Pakistan encounter require no introduction, but defeating India isn’t Shadab’s primary aim. In fact, the all-rounder believes that even if Pakistan loses to India but wins the World Cup, it will mean a lot more to him than simply winning another India-Pakistan match.
“Playing against India comes with a different sense of joy. The pressure overall is also different. Now when we have to go there, it will be their home ground – the crowd will be against us. However, we are going there to play in the World Cup, so we should think about it, and not only about India, because if we win against India and lose the World Cup, then there’s no benefit of it. In my opinion, even if we lose from India but end up winning the World Cup, it’s a win-win because that is our main aim,” Shadab told Cricket Pakistan.
Shadab was a part of the previous India-Pakistan World Cup match at Manchester during the 2019 edition in England, where India posted 336/7 and defended the total with unimaginable ease by restricting Pakistan to 212/6 after the target was revised to 302 from 40 overs after a rain break, riding on Rohit Sharma’s incredible 140 and half-centuries from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. He is now representing Sussex in the Vitality Blast, where he has two match-winning half-centuries: 59 against Middlesex and an undefeated 87 against Glamorgan.