As the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 continues, cricket fever is rising. Former England captain Michael Atherton made a bold statement about the match between Pakistan and India on October 14. This is one of the most anticipated and intense sports rivalries in the world. Both teams have a history of beating each other, and they will do it again on the big stage at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India.
Retired cricketer predicts 2023 World Cup result Pakistan-India clash
Atherton thinks that Pakistan will beat India in what is often called “El Clásico” of cricket. If they do, it will be the first time that the Men in Green have won an ODI World Cup match against their bitter foes.
Seven times in the history of the ICC ODI World Cup, Pakistan and India have played each other. India has won all of these games against Pakistan, keeping their unbeaten winning streak going.
The veteran cricketer and television journalist talked about the match on Sky Sports. He also said that the October 14 game will be the most important of this year’s World Cup, unless both teams play in the final or semi-final.
“I am going to make the bold claim that Pakistan will beat India for the first time in a 50-over World Cup.” Over the years, they have lost all seven. Some people think it might be the most important game of the event, unless they play each other again in the semi-finals or, God forbid, the final.
His words made it clear that the place, the world’s largest stadium, would be packed.
“It will be mayhem and maybe Pakistan will jump a surprise,” he told us.
India beat Pakistan by 18 runs in their 2019 World Cup match. Last year’s Asia Cup first match between these two teams was rained out, but India beat them by a large score in the Super 4 stage match.
After playing each other twice in different competition games, the two teams will play each other.