New Delhi: Indian Former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath expects India to beat Pakistan in their blockbuster ICC World Cup 2015 opener at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Though they have a stronger ODI record against India, Pakistan have never been able to beat the defending champions in five World Cup contests to till date, the last of which came four years ago in the semi-final at Mohali India.

“There is not much more difference between the two asian teams. Both have good individual best players but I will go with the records. India has always done and played well against Pakistan in all World Cup matches. But incase if India wins this time, it will be because of their batting and not their bowling,” Amarnath told INDIANS on the sidelines of a Royal Stag Perfect Strokes in the event.

Which is interestingly, this will be India’s first World Cup fixture against Pakistan which will not feature batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from One-Day Internationals (ODI) in 2012. Sachin Tendulkar, who has been roped in as the ICC World Cup 2015 ambassador and he played in all India matches against their arch-rivals in the 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2011 editions of the mega event World cup.

Sachin Tendulkar has been a great player but every player has to retire and you can’t get a replacement of his place anywhere. Particularly Not only him but players like Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, V.V.S. Laxman, Yuvraj Singh are irreplaceable,” added Amarnath, who was man-of-the-series during India’s 1983 World Cup triumph victory. 

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