Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan feels that Pakistan need to be wary of Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah during their high-octane clash with India in their 20-20 World Cup opener. Younis feels while the spotlight will be on Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma could take the game away from Pakistan. The Indian opener comes into the match after scoring a blazing half-century in the warm-up game against Australia. Meanwhile, from Pakistan, Younis feels Mohammad Rizwan could turn out to be a match-winner along with Babar Azam.
“Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are two very bankable batsmen for both India and Pakistan respectively, but I feel that Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Rizwan can also turn up the heat. The spotlight will largely be on the two captains, so Rohit and Rizwan will be eased off pressure and can produce match-winning performances for their sides,” Younis said on YouTube channel “Uncut.”
India and Pakistan have two of the best bowling attacks in the tournament, with a good blend of pace and spin. However, Younis feels that Jasprit Bumrah can steal the show owing to his match winning abilities. “Pakistan’s fast bowlers have been in good shape. For India, their pace attack has improved significantly in the recent past as well. Bumrah, in particular, has been brilliant in the last few months,” said the 43-year-old.
Younis also shed light on the comparison between India skipper Virat Kohli and his Pakistan counterpart Babar Azam, saying it’s unfair to compare the duo. Younis feels Kohli has already established himself and one of the greats of the game while Babar still has a lot to prove.
“Both are top, top players. Babar is still young and he is building his career right now. Kohli, meanwhile, had made his debut in 2008 when I was still playing. I don’t particularly think that the comparison is fair but it’s good to see fans talking about the two players in good stead,” said the former Pakistan skipper.