EXCLUSIVE || Team India is overconfident, Pakistan will ease past New Zealand – Abdur Rauf, former Pak. pacer

Pakistan had a fairy-tale entry into the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, as the Netherlands stunned South Africa on Sunday, followed by Men in Green clinching a game against Bangladesh to confirm their berth. 

From losing the first two games and standing on the brink of elimination, Pakistan is now regarded as a rejuvenated side that is strong enough to enter the finals of the ICC tournament.

Meanwhile, cricket pundits and the majority of cricket fans are anticipating India versus Pakistan final, in T20 World Cup 2022, on November 13 (Sunday) at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

On Shaheen Afridi’s hitting back at retired Pak cricketers for criticising the team

We all love cricket, and the sport runs in our blood. Everyone feels terrible when the team does not perform as per our expectations. I suggest Shaheen and the other boys not read these things too much and let them affect them.

It’s part and parcel of the game. Every cricketer in the world has experienced such a level of criticism. They should think about the positives: if they clinch the title, the amount of love they will get in the country. So they will be our heroes. 

On Pakistan vs New Zealand:

“Pakistan will be tough to beat, as players have realised their potential at the right time and will be raring to go against New Zealand. Kiwis to have a great set of players at their service, but Pakistan will ease past their opponents on Wednesday,” Rauf told The Quotes. 

On India vs England

Meanwhile, Pakistan cricketer termed England a better side than Virat Kohli-starrer India. “Team India looks too confident, and that overconfidence will choke them against England. Men in Blue were exposed against South Africa in the Super-12 stage, and some similar fate is waiting for them in the semis,” added Rauf. 

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On India versus Pakistan final: 

I would love to see that happening, but the chances are very low as I am confident that India will not be able to beat England in the semis, while Pakistan will easily emerge victorious. 

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