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Aakash Chopra predicts his winning team ahead of India-Pakistan T20 World Cup clash

Indian team began their journey with a win against Ireland

Aakash Chopra predicts his winning team ahead of India-Pakistan T20 World Cup clash PHOTO: AFP

Former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has weighed in on India's chances against Pakistan in today's T20 World Cup clash at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York. 

In a recent interview, despite Pakistan's recent setback against the USA, Chopra believes that the Men in Blue will maintain their impressive record, having won six of their seven T20I encounters against Pakistan.

"There will be pressure (on both teams). Pakistan are generally a dangerous side when they're wounded, and that's exactly how they're right now after losing to the USA. If they lose to India, their campaign will be as good as over. You've got to be really careful. The toss will be very crucial on this (New York) surface, but I still feel that India should start as favorites because our team is a lot better than theirs," Chopra said.

Chopra also pointed out that Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who can bat and bowl, could be a key player for India.

"There will be a lot more focus on Indian bowlers as the conditions are favourable for them. Hardik Pandya could be the trump card player with the ball and with the bat," he concluded.

It is worth noting that the Men in Green had a rough start to their T20 World Cup campaign, losing to the co-hosts in a super over. Meanwhile, the Indian team began their journey with a win against Ireland.

Pakistan Squad for T20 World Cup 2024: Babar Azam (C), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

India's T20 World Cup 2024 squad:

Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Siraj.

Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan