Exclusive: Victory against India could turn Pakistan fortunes in World Cup: Jalal-ud-Din


Karachi: Former Pakistan Test cricketer Jalal-ud-Din says if Pakistan wins the match against India on February 15 at Adelaide Oval, then a different side would evolve, which could even go all the way to clinch World Cup title.

“Pakistan and India match is always a big deal. Emotions are high on both sides. Winning that match is always a big achievement,” Jalal told arysports.tv.

Jalal represented Pakistan in 1980s and he took the first ever hat-trick in an ODI, removing Australian Rod Marsh, Bruce Yardley and Geoff Lawson in 1982.

“If Pakistan manages to beat India then I believe a renaissance in the team may begin based on their new boosted confidence. Beating India for the first time in World Cup will be a big feat. Victory against India in their World Cup opener can revive a ‘cornered tiger’ spirit in them and then there might be no stopping,” he stressed.

Jalal added that Indian bowling is also not up-to-the-mark like Pakistan and their fielding is also not impressive just like Pakistan.

“But their strength is batting and that almost always deliver. It puts on board enough runs, which could be defended even by a weak bowling attack. Our strength has been our bowling but this time it is suffering from injuries and suspension. So I think India will have an edge against us,” he said.

However, Jalal added that anything could happen on the big day on February 15 and if few players put some impressive performance for Pakistan, then they could also win the match.