Shadab Khan prioritizes World Cup competition over defeating India alone

Babar Azam

The ICC has announced the official date for the highly anticipated India-Pakistan World Cup 2023 match, which will take place on October 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India, having won all previous seven encounters, aims to maintain their winning streak, while Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, is determined to secure their first victory over their arch-rivals in the 50-overs format.

Although Pakistan broke their World Cup jinx against India in Dubai back in 2021. They are yet to achieve success against India in the ODI World Cup. Throughout the history of their encounters in the tournament since 1992. India has always emerged as the victorious side, with the contests often being one-sided.

As the excitement builds for another thrilling encounter in this historic rivalry, Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan has made an intriguing statement regarding the forthcoming match against India in the World Cup.

Playing against India brings joy: Shadab

“Playing against India brings unique joy and pressure, especially on their home ground. However, the focus should be on competing in the World Cup rather than solely on defeating India. Winning against India alone holds no benefit. The ultimate goal is winning the World Cup. Shadab believes that even losing to India but winning the World Cup is a win-win situation. As it aligns with their primary objective,”

Shadab said.

During the 2019 edition of the World Cup in England, Shadab Khan was a part of the Pakistan team that faced India in Manchester. In that match, India set a challenging target of 336/7, thanks to remarkable performances from Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul. However, Pakistan struggled in their chase and could only manage 212/6.

Currently playing for Sussex in the T20 Blast, Shadab has displayed his skills with two crucial half-centuries. He scored 59 against Middlesex and an unbeaten 87 against Glamorgan, playing vital roles in his team’s victories.

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