CWC 2015: Let the show begin
The greatest showcase of cricket begins tomorrow. Its an exciting time for cricket lovers around the world. But as a Pakistani fan I will be watching with extremely cautious optimism at what is, on paper, simply the worst squads in terms of skill a d experience we have sent to the World Cup.
It is a bit similar to out team last time around that found its form through the tournament, making an unlikely run to the semis to run into eventual champions India. This time we play them first up.
Much has been said of the jinx, that we have been unable to India in a World Cup match. While my heart yearns for the "jazba" to break through, our young and inexperienced bowling attack can be put to the sword by Indian batsmen even though they have struggled to find any form outside their own neck of the woods.
Pakistan should take advantage of India poor run of form, display discipline with bat, ball and on the field and not get their heads lost in the hoodoo of the rivalry.
Pakistan performed well in the warm up matches. Good news that we managed to keep the teams to under 250 runs and managed to successfully chase it even when the top order looked shaky vs England. Ehsan Adil was impressive and I look forward to seeing Yasir Shah exploiting the bouncy Aussie pitch. New Zealand will be a different animal.
So tomorrow: best case scenario: we beat India, bury the hoodoo forever and get some points on the points table. Worst case: We lose but there are plenty of matches still to qualify to the next stage hopefully our match vs India as close as possible.
Personally I don't know half the players in the team to be really confident in the team. I prefer to watch them play before I make up my mind. After watching us against England I am more optimistic of our chances. We will be competitive and if things go our way, a little rub of the green, we can make a deep run once again.
All the best Green Shirts!! Lets make this the best valentine and make our hearts swoon seeing Kohli cry!