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Friday, September 25, 2009

India vs Pakistan 2009 in ICC Champions Trophy - Players to watch

Just one more day for one of the most awaited match of this year. After more than 16 months India and Pakistan will be face to face on 26th September's Champions Trophy group match. Since their last encounter, a lot of changes has taken place in the team. Some new players are threat to both India and Pakistan. Players like Umar Akmal and Mohammad Aamer have emerged in Pakistani team who never played against India. I have some of the players whose role can be considered vital in the battle.

Players to watch for Pakistan: The bowling is the weapon of Pakistan and its at its best. Along with pace attack, the spin attack is at its best. Some of the players from Pakistan who can be heroes of the match are:

i) Umar Gul: Umar Gul is the leader of Pakistani pace attack. He showed superb bowling against West Indies and is currently in great touch. In about 60 matches he has 90 wickets and is quite economic. The only problem with him is that his record against India is not very good. Anyway, it was long before and seeing his current form he can be considered the biggest threat to India:

ii) Mohammad Aamer : The 17-year old paceman from Pakistan is a real emerging star. From his debut he has been in great touch. His bowling can touch the speed of 90 mph. Being a youngster, he will be opening the bowing for Pakistan which proves his ability. Only thing lacking in him is experience.

iii) Umar Akmal: Umar Akmal has emerged as a superb batsman for Pakistan. Though he is new to Pakistan cricket, he has shown superb batting against Sri Lanka and West Indies. He is an aggressive batsman and plays with lots of confidence.

Apart from these, spinner Saeed Ajmal and all-rounder Shahid Afridi are in great form.

Players to Watch from India : Unlike Pakistan India is not full of too many youngsters but the senior players are in great touch. Pace attack seems to be a bit weaker in comparison to Pakistan but batting lineup looks better. Some players to watch from India are:

i)Sachin Tendulkar : Sachin Tendulkar is always a great threat to Pakistan. He is a batsman who can play easily against the pace attack of Pakistan. He is currently in great touch. The century against Sri Lanka has shown that he can play for more years with same class and batting technique.

2) MS Dhoni : MS Dhoni too has been a great headache for Pakistan. Dhoni was recognized as a very attacking batsmen in the series against Pakistan. Either its test, ODI or T20 Dhoni has always shown great batting against Pakistan. He is now in great form as is the no.1 batsman in ODI ranking.

3)Ashish Nehra : Ashish Nehra will be leading the Indian pace attack. After a long gap, he has made a superb comeback in international cricket. He has a lot of experience of playing against Pakistan.

Apart from these, spinner Harbajan Singh is in great touch. Yuvraj Singh's absence will be a great problem for India.

So, the match between India and Pakistan on 26th September will be full of excitement and entertainment. Who do you think can win this match ? Who can be a hero of the match ?


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