Afridi - India favourites
Shahid Afridi insists that India should be considered favourites ahead of their blockbuster World Cup semi-final.
Last Updated: 29/03/11 2:27pm
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi insists that India should be considered favourites ahead of their blockbuster World Cup semi-final clash in Mohali.
Afridi's in-form side head into the contest as Group A winners and having claimed a crushing 10-wicket victory over West Indies in the last eight.
But the all-rounder says that Pakistan should still be viewed as underdogs against the co-hosts and pre-tournament favourites on Wednesday.
"We are not the favourites for this competition. India are the favourites and we have played above expectations," Afridi said.
"We are enjoying our cricket. If you know how to handle it, there is no need to panic. I think we will enjoy playing here."
Fellow Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal is also relishing the clash, which is set to take place in front of 30,000 partisan fans at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup match and Ajmal says the stakes could hardly be any higher.
"It's a huge match for everyone, the players, the fans, everyone involved in it," Ajmal told PakPassion.net.
"A World Cup semi-final can only be surpassed in one-day cricket by the World Cup final itself. The added spice to the occasion of course is that the opponents are India and that the match is in India itself.
"For the Australian and English players the Ashes is a big series and for Indian and Pakistani players, the matches against your arch-rivals have a special meaning.
"The whole world will be watching and following the match and it should be a fantastic occasion. These are the sort of matches that you look forward to playing in and dream about."