In a World Cup match, India has never lost to Pakistan. In ODIs and T20Is combined, they have a 12-0 record against them in World Cups. If just the T20I World Cups are included, India has won all five of their matches against Pakistan. Panesar, on the other hand, feels that Pakistan can beat any team.

Many cricket gurus feel India will 'crush Pakistan like a house of cards' in their T20 World Cup 2021 opener in Dubai on Sunday if they can get skipper Babar Azam out early. India and Pakistan are set to face one other in a Group 2 match to begin their T20 World Cup campaign. This will be the first meeting between these two teams in more than a decade.

Strength of Indian cricket team: 

In the encounter against England, openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, as well as Ishan Kishan, appeared in excellent form. The Indian camp was pleased to see how they were all dispatching the bowlers.

Virat Kohli is always a class act, while Suryakumar Yadav's creative and acrobatic shot-making completes the foursome of a perfect combo that any team would want.

Ashwin has  got a lot of unpredictability. Ravindra Jadeja, too. With both the bat and the ball, they both are a game-changer. With Chennai Super Kings, he had a fantastic tournament. Both of them will be crucial campaigners, since Ashwin can be effective in both the powerplay and the death overs. He's done a fantastic job. India will win the T20 World Cup if Jadeja and Ashwin do well.

Weakness of Indian cricket team:

The main concern is what would happen if any of the top four batsmen, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav, are unable to join the following group of batters, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja. Because of their ability to knock the ball into the stands with ease, the combination of Pant, Pandya, and Jadeja can be dangerous, but in a world-class venue, stroke-play must also be intelligent. They may lack the maturity and consideration needed to guide them to a decent score, whether they are batting first or chasing a goal under pressure. Before seeking the help of the three big bashers, India must guarantee that its top-four batsmen bat for at least 12 overs.

The Indian squad is torn between two options for a second spinner. Ravichandran Ashwin would be the first name that comes to mind. Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar, on the other hand, are India's second leg-spinners. In the slow-paced UAE wickets, wrist spinners appear to be more successful. It will be fascinating to see whether Team India chooses one of them above Ashwin for the upcoming match against Pakistan.

How Pakistan cricket team can be a threat to Indian squad:

"For Pakistan, Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi. Shaheen is a wonderful left-arm seamer and he will eye more and more Indian wickets. Pakistan are really good on UAE tracks. They have a good bowling line-up with Shaheen Afridi in the side. They have a solid batting line-up with Babar Azam in the side. They have all the basics covered.

Batting skill and a fast bowling threat. Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, and Babar Azam will try for best at the start, while Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will provide stability in the middle. Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Haris Rauf, who make up the pace trio, have a lot to offer.

A victory for India would be a perfect ending and a fantastic gift for both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. A huge trophy after seven years will quench the thirst of millions of Indian cricket fans.

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