Kolkata: Hotel to ground and ground to hotel. That’s all about Pakistan’s stay here so far, but whatever ‘joy’ they have seen in the city known for that has made Pakistan feel welcomed. That, however, hasn’t taken the team’s focus off the task at hand, i.e., beating India in an ICC event to change history.
The no-win record against India in world events across formats certainly troubles Pakistan, but on this occasion, momentum favours them as opposed to in all previous ICC meetings.
India were mauled by New Zealand, Pakistan steam-pressed Bangladesh. That leaves the hosts, favourites of many, under unmatched pressure. And Waqar Younis wants his boys to pounce on the opportunity.
“History can change and we are more confident this time. This time pressure is more on them than us,” the Pakistan coach said.
And he was quick to remind India of the consequences of second successive defeat.
“They must be worried that they can crash out of the tournament,” Waqar told the press here at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
While the Indian journalists tried to gauge the mood of the teams, the foreign media was more interested in re-digging the rivalry that makes this match so special.
“Rivalry should be taken only as a sport,” Waqar said. (CNN-IBN)