T20 World Cup 2021: 10-match win streak in UAE gives Pakistan edge over India, says Babar Azam

India and Pakistan last met in World Cup 2019 | Getty

India and Pakistan are set to meet on the cricket field for the first time since their clash in the 2019 ODI World Cup at Old Trafford. The two teams will square off on October 24 in the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai.

With just a week to go for the high-voltage encounter, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has said that they will have an edge over India as they have won their last 10 Twenty20 internationals in the United Arab Emirates.

Just like the 50-over World Cup, Team India enjoy a big lead over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. The inaugural champions are yet to lose against the arch-rivals in the marquee event after clashing on five occasions.

However, it is something that does not bother Babar, who believes familiarity with the UAE pitches will help them break the jinx.

“Definitely we have played a lot of cricket in the UAE,” Babar said in a captain’s press conference organized by ICC on Saturday (October 16).

“These conditions suit us and we know how to play here. We need to keep things simple in all the departments.”

Notably, Pakistan played their home matches in UAE for almost a decade after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.

Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli played down the hype around the rivalry, terming the match against Pakistan as “just another game”

“I have always approached this game as just another game of cricket. I know there is a lot of hype created around this game more so with ticket sales and the demands for tickets,” said Kohli.

“Right now the value of those tickets is ridiculously high. So that’s all I know, friends asking me for tickets left, right and centre, I refused.

“Yes, the environment, you can say, is different. From the fans’ point of view it is definitely louder. From the players’ point of view, we stay as professional as we can.”