"For Sunday, we know we're there when it comes to the mindset". None would be happier than the Indian team, for multiple reasons.
"If we don't play well, teams are going to come out and beat you. The plan should be that the rest of the guys play around them", he added. They will also organise live screening of the 50-over match. Their batting is in form.
When asked about reserve days, ICC CEO David Richardson had said, "factoring in a reserve day for every match at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver". India was, however, able to defend the total as they won the match by 43 runs by scalping wickets in quick succession. India Vs Pakistan could be a symbol of hope.
The weather has created problems for Pakistan too, with its game against Sri Lanka rained out.
"We want to see our cricket arenas having global cricket activities on a regular basis, the way it used to be in the past and we are speeding up our efforts and contacts with cricket playing nations, as (now) things have improved a lot as far as the security situation is concerned", he said. Smashed around by West Indies. And then a bit of both Pakistans in the game against Australia. According to inside report, the premium has spiked almost 300% as they don't want to take any risk due to possible rainfall. They lost the first match to India convincingly.
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India's run machine Virat Kohli is playing against Pakistan as a captain for the first time in World Cup Cricket. They were whitewashed 5-0 by England. This time, I am making a lot of food, kept some turbans and Indian dhol, and also organised face-painting for children. "At the same venues, the other countries have played on pitches which were brown and favourable for high scoring". Very similar to what they did to India in the Champions Trophy. India and Pakistan have been to war, so it would be overstating the case to suggest that tensions have never been higher. This was at Centurion in South Africa in the 2003 World Cup, when India went on to reach the final against Australia, the eventual winners.
Now to the teams.
India will be without Shikhar Dhawan, who is out with a hairline fracture in the left thumb. There are reports that fans were shelling out £2,500 (Rs 2.2 lakh) on secondary ticketing sites just to get their hands on one for Sunday's game. They would also be anxious about Shoaib Malik's insipid form, and he could make way for all-rounder Imad Wasim.
"No doubt India have a good bowling attack, but we played well against England who also have a very good pace attack".
Sadly speaking, another match has been called off at this World Cup without a single ball being bowled. What a biggie to get going!
The ICC team rankings table has India 29 rating points ahead of Pakistan, which is the same as the gap between Pakistan and 10th-ranked Afghanistan. If at all there is anything like that in an India-Pakistan game. India have Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik in the squad who could replace Rahul in the middle order if the latter is required to open the innings with Rohit Sharma.