Pakistan Legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas has called on the Pakistan cricket team to take revenge against India for the humiliating defeat in their Champions Trophy campaign opener by defeating the arch-rivals in Sunday’s final.
Pakistan suffered a humiliating 124-run defeat by India in the first match of their campaign at the ongoing Champions Trophy but staged a splendid comeback with consecutive victories over South Africa, Sri Lanka and hosts England to enter the final.
“Now is the time for Pakistan to beat India in the same way they defeated us in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy,” Zaheer Abbas was quoted as saying by the Dawn on Friday.
The former Pakistan captain asserted that the way the team made a comeback after the defeat in the opening match has given him hope that they will be able to overcome the poor record against India in ICC tournaments and win the title.
“The way Pakistan team played against England gives us an impression that they are now in a position to do something special for the country in the all-important match,” Zaheer Abbas said on Thursday.
India have been dominant against Pakistan in ICC events, with the overall record being 13-2 in favour of India. But Zaheer asserted that the manner of Pakistan’s victory against pre-tournament favourites England bears proof that the final will be closely contested.
“Pakistan outclassed England in all departments. They bowled well, their fielding was extra-ordinary while they also batted very well to pull off a comfortable victory against hot favourites England,” Zaheer Abbas said.