Former Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria ignited a firestorm of debate ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan. Kaneria took aim at current Pakistan captain Babar Azam, downplaying his abilities compared to former Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Danish Kaneria criticizes Babar Azam’s performance

Kaneria’s comments stemmed from the ongoing comparisons between Azam and Kohli, particularly after Azam’s performance against the USA. He expressed a harsh opinion, suggesting that Azam lacks the skill and achievements to match Kohli. Kaneria specifically pointed to a crucial moment in Pakistan’s opening match where Azam, despite a strong start, failed to convert his 40-run knock into a match-winning innings.

“USA bowlers had him stuck, he was unable to play the bowlers. As soon as he reached 40 odd runs he got out. He should have stayed and won the game. Pakistan should have won the game one sided,” Kaneria was quoted as saying to IANS. Pakistan’s shocking loss to the USA, decided in a super over, exposed weaknesses in their batting lineup, with Azam’s dismissal being a critical turning point.

“As soon as Babar Azam scores a hundred the next day you’ll see comparisons with Virat Kohli. Virat ke joote ke barabar bhi nahi hai (He is not even equal to Virat’s shoes),” Kaneria added.

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Confident prediction for India

Kaneria went on to predict a resounding victory for India in the upcoming clash. He criticized the Pakistani team’s over-reliance on their bowling attack, suggesting it’s a flawed strategy. “India will beat them badly. They are not capable of beating India. Whenever Pakistan come to the World Cup they keep praising their bowling and say that their bowling will win them the game but that was the reason they lost the first game,” remarked Kaneria.

Fan frenzy and heated rivalry

Kaneria’s comments are sure to add fuel to the already blazing fire of the India-Pakistan cricketing rivalry. Fans from both nations are eagerly anticipating this high-pressure match, and Kaneria’s remarks have certainly stirred emotions. Whether his prediction holds weight or Pakistan silences the doubters with an upset victory remains to be seen. One thing is certain: the upcoming encounter promises to be a thrilling spectacle that will keep the cricketing world on the edge of their seats.

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