World Cup 2019: Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will target Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAfter their game against New Zealand on June 13 was abandoned due to rain, India will now take on Pakistan in a hugely anticipated clash on June 16 in Manchester. As the 2 teams only meet each other in multi-nation tournaments, the clash is a mouth-watering prospect for fans and cricketers alike.Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar in an exclusive chat with India Today said that Pakistan have a very potent pace attack, especially with Mohammad Amir returning to form with a five-for against Australia in their last match. Sachin believes that Amir and his teammates would love to get the key wickets of Indian captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma, early to unsettle India when the teams meet in Manchester.”Rohit and Virat are the 2 more experienced players in the lineup and Pakistan would be focussing on getting them early without any doubt as that opens the game for them. Amir and Wahab Riaz will definitely target their wickets early on. But Rohit and Virat should also be looking to play long innings. the plan should be that the rest of the guys play around them,” said Sachin.Sachin was also impressed by Amir’s bowling against Australia and said that Indians shouldn’t go with a negative mindset of just playing him out. In Sachin’s view, even if they defend it should be such that it sends out a strong message to the opposition.”Yesterday (June 12), his first spell was very accurate. He was hitting the right areas and made (Aaron) Finch’s life difficult. I wouldn’t go in with a negative mindset of playing dot balls against him. If you get an opportunity, I would encourage India to play their shots and stay positive. It’s not about survival but rather going out there and even defend positively. No need to do anything different. We need to be aggressive in all departments. The body language is important – the bowler knows that you’re in control if you defend confidently,” said Sachin.advertisementIndia will be without their regular opener Shikhar Dhawan when they take on Pakistan with KL Rahul expected to open the innings with Rohit. India are currently on the 3rd spot in the points table with 5 points from 3 games after the washout against New Zealand on Thursday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sensible decision, says Virat Kohli after India-New Zealand match washed outAlso Read | On 14th July, I want the World Cup in my hand: Hardik Pandya issues warning ahead of New Zealand clashlast_img

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