India vs Pakistan: Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar said Pakistan looked like they were on the back-foot from the beginning against India at Old Trafford on Sunday. India registered their 7th win over Pakistan in as many World Cup matches thanks to a clinical display by their batsmen and bowlers.
India felt the psychological effect of Javed Miandad’s last ball six of 1986 for over a decade. Now, the tables have turned. On Sunday at Old Trafford, India continued their proud World Cup tradition of never losing to Pakistan.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was at the receiving end that Sharjah evening when Miandad swatted Cheten Sharma’s low full toss to complete one of the game’s most dramatic last-ball wins. Watching Pakistan’s poor show on Sunday, Vengsarkar is convinced the psychological game has been transposed.
“They are suffering from a mental block definitely. If you look at the way Pakistan went, they were looking on the back-foot from the beginning. India took the match away in the first few overs itself. They hardly looked in place,” he tells India Today.
India first faced off against Pakistan in World Cup 92′ when Mohammed Azharuddin led India prevailed over their adversary even though Imran Khan led Pakistan went on the win the Cup, that edition. In every subsequent Indo-Pak World Cup encounter from 96′, 99′, 2003, 2011, 2015 and now in 2019, India has won.
“I can’t explain these numbers, to be honest. These are high pressure games. You have to deliver amidst pressure from everywhere. The emotions are running high with lot of expectations. India has played extremely well against them over the years,” he says.
India beat Pakistan by 86 runs on Duckworth Lewis on Sunday in a match where Pakistan could never match pace with India’s winning unit. Vengsarkar now tips India to win the Cup. “They have the potential to win the World Cup with the world class team they have,” he says.(VIA INDIA TODAY)