‘Play on their mind’: Surprising truth in cricket’s greatest rivalry as ‘madhouse’ set to explode

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Like clockwork, the impending India vs Pakistan World Cup clash has prompted the circulation of one of cricket’s many statistical anomalies.

“I just heard today on social media there were saying we haven’t won a game in a World Cup (against India).”Akram featured in three of the World Cup defeats against India, in 1992, 1999 and 2003, while the most recent encounter was an 89-run loss at Old Trafford in 2019, when India was coached by the legendary Ravi Shastri.

“I believe India start as clear favourites. Pakistan will have to bring their real A++++ game if they want to upset India, which they can. We know how unpredictable they can be.” Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board this week expressed “extreme disappointment” following lengthy delays in issuing Indian visas for journalists and fans. It comes after the Pakistan team received its visas less than 36 hours before the squad was due to fly to Hyderabad ahead of their first warm-up match against New Zealand.“As a Pakistani, if I go to India, I need a visa for every city. If I get a visa for Delhi, I can’t go to Bombay. I can’t go to any other city.

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