Former India captain Anil Kumble has revealed his favourites for the upcoming India vs Pakistan match in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023. The arch-rivals will renew their celebrated World Cup rivalry on Saturday (October 14) when they take on each other at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

India will be looking to extend their winning streak against Pakistan while the latter will be desperate to register their first win over the arch-rivals in the World Cup. India and Pakistan have played 7 games against each other in the World Cup and the Men in Blue have won all of them. The neighbours played against each other last month in the Asia Cup and India had won the contest by a record margin of 228 runs.

Pakistan, however, have bounced back well after their embarrassing exit from the Asia Cup and have won their first two games in the World Cup. They have defeated the Netherlands and Sri Lanka in the first two games. India, on the other hand, have defeated Australia and Afghanistan and will be eyeing a third win in a row on Saturday.

Anil Kumble’s favourites for India vs Pakistan match:

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Anil Kumble picked India as the favourites to win the mega clash in Ahmedabad. He began by saying that Pakistan have found the right combination before backing India to win the game. The India legend stated that all of India’s players are in good form at the moment and also praised the bowling attack.

“Pakistan certainly have their act together. They have found the right combination but India is a clear favourite. Every individual is in great form,” said Anil Kumble while also saying that the win over Australia would be a big confidence booster.

“The bowling has been really good in both the games. And everyone has sort of contributed. So yes, India clear favourite,” he added.

India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.

Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.

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