Former Indian cricketer, Virender Sehwag, has stoked the flames of the intense rivalry between India and Pakistan ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023. With the unveiling of the World Cup schedule on June 27, it has been announced that India will face Pakistan on October 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Given the highly anticipated nature of this clash and India’s impressive historical record of victories against Pakistan, the stakes for this match are particularly high.

Sehwag, known for his aggressive batting style, believes that India’s ability to handle pressure in big games gives them an edge over Pakistan. He noted that while Pakistan excelled at handling pressure during the 1990s, India has improved significantly in this area since 2000. This is a point that Sehwag seems particularly passionate about, stating, “If any player says that they don’t feel pressure, I don’t think it’s right. We used to say it too but at the end of the day, we know it’s an India vs Pakistan game and emotions run high”.

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Interestingly, Sehwag has also expressed his eagerness to engage in a battle with former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar. However, this battle won’t be on the cricket field, but on social media during the India vs. Pakistan match. The two cricket legends are known for their friendly rivalry and the banter they engage in, which provides an additional layer of entertainment for cricket fans around the world.

Despite India’s unbeaten record against Pakistan in the ODI World Cup, their winning streak ended in the 2021 T20 World Cup, when Pakistan defeated India by ten wickets in Dubai. Hence, the upcoming match is expected to be a thrilling contest and will be eagerly watched by fans from both countries and cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

Sehwag has also made a heartfelt call to the Indian team to win the World Cup for Virat Kohli, who is likely playing in his last global event, in a similar vein to how they won the 2011 World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar. This adds yet another layer of significance to the impending tournament and India’s journey in it.

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In summary, as the ODI World Cup 2023 approaches, the rivalry and anticipation between India and Pakistan have been reignited. Sehwag’s remarks and his proposed social media battle with Shoaib Akhtar add an exciting dimension to this iconic cricketing clash.