T20 World Cup 2021: Younis Khan picks the players to watch out for from both sides ahead of Ind-Pak clash

Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Rizwan | Getty Images

Ahead of the big clash of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 between India and Pakistan on October 24, Sunday in Dubai, former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has picked the two key players from both teams who can win the match for their respective teams.

As the spotlight is focused on India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who are the star batters for their respective teams, Younis believes that Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Rizwan will face little pressure and will be able to turn up the heat in Dubai on Saturday.

Younis said on the YouTube channel “Uncut”: “Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are two very bankable batsmen for both India and Pakistan respectively, but I feel that Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Rizwan can also turn up the heat. The spotlight will largely be on the two captains, so Rohit and Rizwan will be eased off pressure and can produce match-winning performances for their sides.”

The 43-year-old also picked India’s star bowler Jasprit Bumrah as a serious threat for Pakistan in Saturday’s T20 World Cup 2021 clash at Dubai International Stadium.

He added, “Pakistan’s fast bowlers have been in good shape. For India, their pace attack has improved significantly in the recent past as well. Bumrah, in particular, has been brilliant in the last few months.”

Younis also feels it’s unfair to compare Kohli and Babar as Pakistan captain is yet to establish his international career while Indian skipper is already one of the modern-day legends.

He signed off by saying, “Both are top, top players. Babar is still young and he is building his career right now. Kohli, meanwhile, had made his debut in 2008 when I was still playing. I don’t particularly think that the comparison is fair but it’s good to see fans talking about the two players in good stead.”