On the eve of India-Pakistan match in the World Cup, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur on Saturday said that the team has not played a perfect game yet.
“If we put three disciplines together, we can beat anyone in the world. We haven’t put a perfect game yet, we are confident of displaying perfect cricketing skills. If we put it all together, we are a good cricket team,” Arthur told reporters at the pre-match conference.
When asked about whether the India-Pakistan match has more pressure on the players, he said each game comes with a different kind of challenge.
“There’s pressure on each and every game. We are excited about tomorrow and we are pretty confident that we will perform to the best of our ability,” Arthur said.
Arthur said it will be difficult to rattle the Indian top-order but if Pakistan fails to do so then they would pose a challenge to it.
“When you get into Indian top-order, you can wreak havoc. It’s paramount to rattle the Indian top-order, otherwise, they can hurt you. (Shoaib) Malik brings a lot of experience in our dressing room. I hope his skills and experience do wonders for us tomorrow. Experienced players can help the youngsters in our team,” he said.
Arthur said that he had a look at the pitch and he opined that the 22 yards look quite flat. He said it’s important for the team to latch on to every opportunity if the team needs to win more matches.
“We had a look at the pitch yesterday and it looked quite flat. We have been close in most of our games. There were moments that presented an opportunity for us, you are not going to win each game, but it’s paramount to latch on to every opportunity.”
Arthur said he is not sure about the weather conditions, so the team will make the final call on the playing XI on Sunday. He, however, pointed out that he is expecting around 1.5 million viewers so the match would be an unbelievable opportunity for the cricketers.
“I saw the stat that tomorrow’s match can attract 1.5 million viewers. If you do something tomorrow, it will be remembered by millions across the globe. Tomorrow presents an unbelievable opportunity for the players,” he said. Arthur said fielding is something the team can control and he hoped for everything to come together in the India-Pakistan match.