I believe that an India-Pak cricket match is bigger than any other series between any two countries. As these two teams don't play much, it becomes very keenly followed all across the globe. The players have to handle the biggest pressure of their playing careers. The match on Monday is actually going to help players of both sides. It will give them a proper perspective as to how much pressure they would need to handle.
The match-winnerFor me, the player to watch out for from both sides will be Virat Kohli. After a long time, I am seeing a cricketer who is a match-winner by himself and has in his repertoire all sorts of strokes. Generally, people who have all sorts of strokes tend to play too many shots and give away their wicket. But Virat controls his shots. He is a brilliant player who adapts to all conditions.
I admire Sehwag and a few more in the India team but Virat is different. Pakistan lack such a world-class player, especially in their batting. West Indies have a Chris Gayle to win them matches single-handedly but Pakistan don't have one.
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The writer is a former Pakistan skipper