Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan has backed the tourists to deal with pressure during their 2023 ODI World Cup match against India in Ahmedabad. The leg-spinner believes that Pakistan players are mentally sound and can tackle anything that comes in front of them. The Narendra Modi Stadium will host a high-voltage battle between the two sides. India has won all 50 World Cup matches against Pakistan since the 1992 edition and has a 7-0 record against their neighbors.
Shadab Khan Said:
“We won’t have the crowd support in India. In that sense we’ll have to be very strong mentally. The way our players are, mentally strong, I think we’ll have a good tournament.”
The 24-year-old feels winning the World Cup would be icing on the cake but stressed on the need to start the tournament well. He added:
“Winning the World Cup in India will be like the icing on the cake… Definitely, whichever team comes will come to win the tournament, but the key is how you as a team play and how you start because we will have to play against every team; it’s a great opportunity for all the teams.”
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