Stick to 5-bowler formula
India- Pakistan clashes always get a lot of attention b u t considering India’s future in this world cup depends on this game, the importance of this match attains new heights.
Both teams have played a game in the Super 8s. Pakistan were down and out till Umar Gul and Umar Akmal played out of their skins to get past a talented South Africa. I wasn’t surprised by Gul’s effort because I have seen him do that before in T20 and although he is a wiry fast bowler, he can pack a punch with the bat.
Pakistan are a good T20 side and have won more games than any other team. They are also the only team to make the semifinals of all editions of the T20 world cup. This doesn’t surprise me.
They have a good balance with the bat and ball and their spinners are world-class.
The biggest difference between India and Pakistan is the quality of bowling. Although India possess a better batting line-up, the Pakistan attack is better.
India had a tough game against Australia; they were outplayed and that can happen in T20. It was a game India would want to forget quickly. They have been in good form with wins against Afghanistan and England and quickly need to get their confidence back.
But they will have to guard against overconfidence and complacency, as they have a history of becoming laidback after a good win.
India, on the other hand, were simply outclassed by Australia. MS Dhoni and his boys will be coming into the Pakistan match with tremendous pressure on them. Not only because they are facing Pakistan but also because this could be a knockout game for them.
This match will be watched by more people than the final, unless these two teams are in it.
You need to have played an India-Pakistan match to know the pressure this match generates for the players.
The main problem for India is their bowling. If any team scores 175-180, India have the batting to chase it. But their bowling does not look like it can defend such a target.
What India need is a shot of pace. A fast-bowler might get clobbered for a few runs but if he gets two early wickets, it makes the spinners' job that much easier.
Like in the England game, for instance, when Irfan Pathan struck early on and the spinners subsequently looked unplayable.
If India are to succeed, they will have to strike early with the ball.
Also, I don't know much about the Virender Sehwag issue. But if he is fit, my advice to Dhoni is simple - put his name first on the team list. 360 C O R P O RAT E RELATIONS