As Pakistan prepares to face arch-rivals India for the sixth-time World Cup encounter on February 15, star all-rounder Shahid Afridi hoped that the Greenshirts would put an end to their losing trail.
“The team is not disheartened by their poor record against India in the World Cup,” Afridi was reported as saying.
“There is always a first time. I know it is a crunch game and fans from all over the world are coming to see it.
“We have the confidence and the ability to surprise any team on any given day. But, both the teams know how to handle pressure. On our part, we plan to treat it as just another game,” said Afridi.
The 34-year-old all-rounder believed that both teams would be desperate to kick off their World Cup campaign with a win and “take the momentum and confidence to the rest of the tournament”.
Afridi also expressed hope for India and Pakistan to play each other other than the World Cup.
The all-rounder is closing in on a unique double of 8,000 runs and 400 ODI wickets and seemed confident to lead the spin department in the absence of seasoned Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez.
Shahid Afridi has already announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and wanted to end his career on a high note. “We want to emulate the efforts of the 1992 World Cup winning team,” he said.
The flamboyant Afridi agreed that repeating the 1992 World Cup heroics was not an easy task as most players are plagued with injuries.
“The 1992 team was a combination of seniors and youngsters. This team has got some talented youngsters as well and we're expecting a lot from them,” Afridi said.