By: Express News Service | | February 15, 2015 7:51:20 am
A veteran of six World Cups, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar today said the semi-final against Pakistan in 2011 was the most high-pressure game he has played but his best match remains the clash with the arch-rivals in 2003 edition of the marquee tournament.
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“It (Mohali World Cup semi-final 2011) was definitely the most high-pressured game of my life. It was a different kind of a feeling, hard to explain what it is,” said Tendulkar, whose 85-run knock set up India’s 29-run win. Talking about the 2003 World Cup match against Pakistan, Tendulkar said: “I don’t think there was a better World Cup match that I have been a part of.”
With India opening their campaign against Pakistan in Adelaide tomorrow, the euphoria and excitement surrounding the match has reached a crescendo and Tendulkar said it is a different feeling playing the arch-rivals.
Pakistan’s mental barrier: Aaquib
Pakistan will find it difficult to get rid of the psychological barrier of losing to India in World Cups when they clash in their opening match, according to former pacer Aaqib Javed. “It is to do with the psyche and, unfortunately, it has lived with us during the World Cup even when we were led by a charismatic leader of Imran Khan’s stature,” says Javed, who is now the coach of the UAE side.
He said the players cannot afford to treat an India-Pakistan contest as a normal game.
“If Pakistan takes it as another game, we will win, but India-Pakistan is never another game, however much we try,” he added. Referring to Pakistan’s 1992 success, Javed said: “Imran’s message to Wasim (Akram) was to bowl fast and I was asked to try and get the ball to swing. However, the current Pakistan team is hugely hit in Junaid Khan’s absence. (Mohammad) Irfan will produce pace and bounce, but Junaid could have swung the ball.”