Goal is to win World Cup not just beat India, says Shadab Khan

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Shadab Khan, an all-rounder for Pakistan, thinks that the national team should concentrate on bringing the victory home rather than focusing on defeating arch-rival India in the next International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

The renowned leg-spinner acknowledged that the Pakistan-India match was under extreme pressure and one of the greatest games ever, but he insisted that winning the trophy should be prioritized.

In an interview with a local sports media source, he said that even if Pakistan defeated India but fell short of winning the World Cup, the triumph would be meaningless.

“The exhilaration of competing versus India is different. In addition, the overall pressure varies. The audience would be against us because it will be their home field when we have to go there, the 24-year-old player remarked.”

Shadab added that if Pakistan won the World Cup, losing against India would be meaningless.

Since that is our primary goal, he said, “In my opinion, even if we lose to India but win the World Cup, it’s a win-win.”

It should be mentioned that on October 15, India and Pakistan will play in the World Cup’s most anticipated game at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the largest stadium in the world with a capacity of 132,000.

However, the Men in Green will have a difficult task when they play India in the World Cup.

They have suffered defeats in all seven of their encounters with the latter, including a notorious semi-final loss in the 2011 World Cup in Mohali.