“I have wished a little more towards India”- Sachin Tendulkar ahead of India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup clash

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Sachin Tendulkar has backed Rohit Sharma and Co. to deliver against Pakistan in T20 World Cup.

Sachin Tendulkar has wished India luck for their 2024 T20 World Cup clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Sunday, June 9. He reminisced about his first [1992] World Cup experience against the Men in Green, adding that the rivalry has become interesting with time. He backed the two teams to put their best foot forward in the mega ICC event.

India and Pakistan will lock horns for the eighth time in the T20 World Cup. The Men in Blue dominate Pakistan 5:1 in head-to-head clashes. One game in 2007 ended in a tie, leading to the famous bowl-out incident. The Rohit Sharma-led side beat the Men in Green by four wickets in the 2022 edition to avenge the 10-wicket loss in 2021.

On the eve of Ind-Pak T20 World Cup clash, Tendulkar told ANI:

“When we talk about tomorrow's match, which is going to be a big match, India vs Pakistan. It has always been a big match. My first World Cup experience against Pakistan was way back in 1992 in Australia. And from there on, the number of World Cup matches that we've played against each other, they've all been exciting, super exciting."
“I would like to wish both teams the very best of luck for tomorrow. I know both teams are well prepared to go out and give their best when it comes to sharing the best of luck that I have wished a little more towards India," he added.

India and Pakistan coming on the back of contrasting performances in the 2024 T20 World Cup

India and Pakistan are coming on the back of opposite results in the 2024 T20 World Cup. The Men in Blue began their campaign against Ireland by eight wickets and 7.4 overs to spare. The Rohit Sharma-led side would look to continue their winning momentum.

On the other hand, Pakistan suffered a shock defeat to co-hosts USA in a Super Over clash. The Men in Green also lost the T20I series 0-2 against England. They will look to return to winning ways.

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (w), Babar Azam (c), Usman Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Abrar Ahmed, Saim Ayub, Abbas Afridi

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