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Former India cricketer scared of Pakistan bowling ahead of T20 World Cup clash

Pakistan and India are set to clash in T20 World Cup 2024 on June 9 at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York

Former India cricketer scared of Pakistan bowling ahead of T20 World Cup clash PHOTO: AFP

Former Indian batter Mohammad Kaif remarked that Pakistan’s batting lineup is weak, with most players batting at a strike rate of 120-125, except for a few like Fakhar Zaman and Iftikhar Ahmed.

Pakistan and India are set to clash in T20 World Cup 2024 on June 9 at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York.

While speaking on Star Sports, Kaif expressed more concern about Pakistan's bowling, highlighting Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah, particularly recalling Naseem Shah's impressive spell against India in the 2022 T20 World Cup.

"Everyone knows Pakistan's batting is weak. Fakhar Zaman plays a little fast. If he fires, he can probably win the match alone. Iftikhar Ahmad plays fast but other than that, everyone plays at a strike rate of 120 to 125. You are not that scared of their batting but are scared of their bowling," Kaif told Star Sports.

"They will have Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah. Naseem Shah didn't come to play in the World Cup in India. He was injured, but he is fit here. This will be a bouncy pitch. Naseem Shah is a very good bowler. If you talk about the Melbourne match that Virat Kohli won, if you see Naseem Shah's first spell, he got a nick and the catch was dropped at slip," he added.

India and Pakistan have faced off seven times in T20 World Cups, with India winning five matches and Pakistan winning one. The other match ended in a tie, with India winning the bowl-out. Pakistan's sole victory came in 2021 when Babar Azam's team defeated Virat Kohli's team.