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Pakistan must bring their best game against India: Younis

NOTTINGHAM: Pakistan will have to go back to their Champions Trophy triumph for inspiration and then look for early wickets of their World Cup come upon in opposition to arch-rivals India, suggests former captain Waqar Younis.

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Bitter foes India and Pakistan lock horns in the tournament's probably the most anticipated suits on the Old Trafford on Sunday.

"It's simple - if Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to bring an 'A plus' performance and win that game," Waqar mentioned in his column for the ICC.

"When Pakistan play India it's always a huge game, but their meeting on Sunday is shaping up to be more crucial than ever."

While he didn't learn much into India's all-win file in opposition to Pakistan in the World Cup, the tempo nice recommended his nation to seem as much as the title triumph in the 2017 Champions Trophy, where they beat India in the ultimate.

"Pakistan have were given to take positives out of what they did to India in the ultimate of the ICC Champions Trophy a few years ago. They will have to assume undoubtedly going into this recreation.

"I'm hoping they have got their absolute best recreation in the locker for India, who showed in opposition to Australia that they are an excessively high quality side," Waqar, probably the most absolute best fast bowlers of his time, mentioned.

According to the previous captain and trainer, choosing up early wickets may well be key to Pakistan's chances.

"What I have seen on this World Cup thus far is if you don't select up early wickets, you are in bother. The new ball is so an important and openers are being extra cautious in the first ten overs this year," mentioned Waqar.

"They're now not in point of fact going full throttle, they are being a little extra watchful. Once you don't lose any wickets early on, it turns into easier for the reason that ball doesn't swing and batting turns into easier."

Waqar believes Pakistan had been completed in by the brand new ball, in each batting bowling, in opposition to Australia on Wednesday.

"It used to be with the brand new ball, in each batting and bowling, that I felt Pakistan ignored a trick of their entertaining defeat to Australia at Taunton.

"Early on, we were not really sharp enough and Sarfaraz Ahmed was not on his toes. Mohammad Amir didn't get any support from the other end."

Returning his absolute best ODI figures of 5/30, Amir staged a high quality comeback to prevent Australia's fee at 307.

"No-one really saw the comeback coming and for that, you have to take your hat off to Amir. Full marks to him for the way he bowled. Even with the new ball, I thought he bowled quite nicely. He could have picked up more than five wickets in the end. He was unfortunate with a couple of nicks early on," mentioned Waqar.

"Pakistan pulled it back very nicely. They were sharp after 25 overs and started picking up wickets. They found the right lengths."

His praise for Amir, who used to be now not initially included in Pakistan's World Cup squad, didn't finish there.

"Amir bowled superbly. He showed us all his cutters, variations and short pitched deliveries. I think we all know Amir is mentally very, very strong. He showed once again that class is permanent - he is no doubt a match-winner."

Regarding crew aggregate, Waqar felt there may well be adjustments for Sunday's recreation.

"It is also that Mickey Arthur appears to be like at changing the crew for Sunday. I spoke to Mickey in Taunton and he's thinking on the subject of horses for classes, and I consider him to an extent.

"The pitch there used to be excellent for pacers and he rightly went with four of them. The issue used to be now not the nature of the plan, but the execution."

Waqar used to be in favour of losing spin-bowling all-rounder Shoaib Malik.

"Shadab is the key guy on this side and I think they're going to look to bring him again in opposition to India. They may opt for 5 bowlers, use four pacers and Shadab and drop any individual like Shoaib Malik," he mentioned.

"Going from a defeat to enjoying the outdated competition in opposition to India is not going to be easy. India most definitely watched the Australia recreation very intently and know what must be completed. Pakistan wish to carry themselves up and I'm hoping they bring their absolute best on Sunday."

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