Former Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has said that India will find it difficult against Pakistan if Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma don’t perform. India will face their arch-rivals Pakistan in the upcoming 20-20 World Cup in Australia. Both teams will play each other on October 23 this year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Hafeez was part of his team’s first-ever win against Men in Blue during the 20-20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman. The Babar Azam-led side beat the Virat Kohli-led side by 10 wickets. Hafeez, who is currently participating in the Legends League Cricket for Asia Lions, said that if Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma doesn’t perform, other players will collapse under the pressure of the India-Pakistan game.
“At this moment, Pakistan team is growing and as far as India is concerned, I think Virat and Rohit are very important players and in big games like Pakistan, if these two don’t get the runs, it is very difficult for the other Indian players to deal with the pressure of such big games, though I am not taking anything away from the other players,” the right-hander told Sports Tak.
The former all-rounder added that he was considering retirement for a while but kept pushing to be part of the 20-20 World Cup-winning team.
“Retirement was always something that I was planning but I was pushing myself to be part of a World Cup winning Pakistan team. I wanted to retire on a happy note and wanted to set a precedent that a player has to retire on his own terms and happily,” said Hafeez.