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Pakistan greats predict final success

Pakistan's cricket greats are backing their team to win the Twenty20 World Cup title by beating arch rivals India in tomorrow's final in Johannesburg.

Be it Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Rameez Raja, Rashid Latif or Aaqib Javed, they all believe Pakistan has the spirit and potential to beat India.

"This team has a lot of self belief and confidence and they have got into the habit of winning matches. In my book, they are favourites," Akram said.

He pointed out that Pakistan's biggest strength was that captain Shoaib Malik was leading from the front which had a positive effect on players.

Pakistan has never beaten India in four World Cup matches and was hammered the last time they met in 2003 at Centurion.

It also lost in the preliminary round in the ongoing tournament via a bowl out.

Akram himself featured in the three World Cup matches Pakistan lost to India in 1992, 99 and 2003.

"But now things have changed and this is a different side. Also Twenty cricket is different from normal cricket," the fast bowling great said.

Rameez noted that Pakistan had the perfect combination for Twenty20 cricket.

"But I think more than the skills, a Pakistan and India match has always been about which team keeps its nerves. Our players will have to remain calm and composed to beat India," the former captain said.

source - hindu.com
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