Pakistan have won their last 10 T20Is in the UAE, which captain Babar Azam claims will give his men the edge over India in their T20 World Cup opener.
The arch-rivals will meet in Dubai on 24 October in what will be the biggest clash of the Super 12 stage.
Pakistan have never won a T20 World Cup match against India, but that does not bother Babar who believes familiarity with the UAE pitches will help them break the jinx.
“Definitely we have played a lot of cricket in the UAE,” Babar said in a captain’s media conference when asked about his team’s dismal 0-5 record against India in T20 World Cup clashes.
“These conditions suit us and we know how to play here. We need to keep things simple in all the departments.”
The UAE was Pakistan’s home base after the deadly terror attacks on the visiting Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009 forced cricket out of the Asian nation.
Pakistan, who are third in the T20I rankings behind England and India, also have Afghanistan and New Zealand in their group at the World Cup.
Babar acknowledged that captaining the team in the 16-nation tournament was indeed an honour and said his recent form will give him confidence.
Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli played down the famous rivalry, describing the match with Pakistan as “just another game”.
“I know there is a lot of hype created around this game, more so with ticket sales and the demands for tickets,” added Kohli. “Right now the value of those tickets is ridiculously high. So that’s all I know, friends asking me for tickets left, right and centre, I refused.
“Yes, the environment, you can say, is different. From the fans’ point of view, it is definitely louder. From the players’ point of view, we stay as professional as we can.”
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