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Pakistan cannot beat India in World Cup: Harbhajan Singh

India off-spinner is confident about Virat-led side chances against Men in green

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India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is confident that India will beat Pakistan when the two arch-rivals will clash on June 16 in 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

While speaking at the India Today Salaam Cricket event, Harbhajan claimed that India is a far stronger side and winning against Pakistan would not be a tough task for India.

"India vs Pakistan is not as big as India against England. Maybe from the media perspective, India vs Pakistan is more hyped up. But from a cricketing aspect, India vs England is more important. India can beat this Pakistan team 9 times out of 10 times," Harbhajan Singh said.

He added: “India have 11 match-winners and I don’t think Pakistan have the ability to beat this Indian team. We are more experienced and we have a lot of big players.”

However, the 38-year-old warned Team India to not take the game against Pakistan lightly since the Men in Green will have nothing to lose.

"India will be under pressure. They will have the fear of failure against a weaker team. Pakistan have nothing to lose. But if India lose, it will be huge," he said.

Former Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq also termed India as favourites, but cautioned to not rule out Pakistan chances as anything is possible in a pressure match between India and Pakistan.

"Logically, Bhajji is right but Pakistan is a dangerous team. In cricket, you cannot say anything. This Pakistan team is capable. There was a collapse in the last match. India have a better chance. Like he said, India and England are the two favourites,” Misbah said.

"Given the rivalry and intensity, you never know what can happen in World Cups. Pakistan were strong in the 1990s yet India would win every time in World Cups," he added.