ICC World Cup: India's over-confidence may let them down, says Akhtar

Adelaide: Former Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar feels that having never lost to Pakistan in a cricket World Cup, India could lose today’s opening encounter against their arch-rivals due to overconfidence.

“While Pakistan has never beaten India in a World Cup, the Indian team may be done in this time for being over-
confident. If Pakistan can set a big target, it could be difficult for India to chase it down with Pakistan’s bowling attack,” said Akhtar, who is one of the experts on Star Sports.

A recent TV advertisement on a Pakistani fan, waiting with a box of crackers for a Pakistan win since 1992, has drawn huge reactions across the border.

Akhtar, 39, though did praise the Indian batting for it’s maturity.

“India have a good batting attack and Pakistani batting line up needs to put up a mature show to win this. Pakistan batsmen do not possess that maturity yet, and their batsmen are unable to build big innings like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli of India, who convert their 50’s into 100’s and big scores,” the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ said.

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