In an exclusive interview with Manas Tapadar of Sports Flashes, former World Cup-winning captain of the Australian cricket team, Michael Clarke rated the match between India and Pakistan as the biggest encounter of the tournament.
When asked which side has been more impressive in the tournament, Clarke shared, "India and Engalnd are the two picks at the moment. The way India dominated Australia was extremely positive from their perspective. It showed that they are full of confidence and are playing well. England losing to Pakistan might just prove to be the kick they required to play better in the tournament."
Ahead of the big clash between Indian and Pakistan, Clarke said that India are favourites as they have been consistent throughout.
"It's gonna be a huge game! One of the biggest games of the tournament, probably bigger than the world cup final! I think India's going to beat Pakistan. India's playing unbelievable cricket at the moment. Pakistan would have to play a lot better than they played against Australia if they want to beat India," said the 38-year-old.
The former Australian all-rounder picked, "Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah" as three crucial performers for the Indian team in the game against Pakistan.
As for the Indian team's performance in limited overs cricket, Clarke credited the openers and the senior members in the team for the success.
"I think the way their senior players have stood up has been crucial. There was a lot of talk about Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan before the tournament and they both have performed brilliantly under pressure. The way their experienced players have started the World Cup shows that they are switched on and ready to go for the trophy."
Clarke picked "India, England, Australia and the West Indies" as his top four teams to make it to the semis of the coveted event.
(Featured Image: Twitter/Michael Clarke)
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