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Is Pakistan’s loss to India a blessing in disguise?

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Pakistani fans were left heartbroken after a belligerent century from Kohli and some tight bowling from the Indian spinners resulted in a major batting collapse.

Pakistani fans would have been hopeful after a promising start even though the experiment of opening the innings with veteran Younis Khan was a complete disaster.

Pakistani however capitulated to a mid-innings crisis and their situation was not helped by the third umpire.

Umar Akmal was adjudged not out by the on field umpire but a review was opted for by Dhoni and to the shock of both Indian and Pakistani fans around the world the decision was overturned without any concrete evidence provided by the replays or by snickometer  which is used to detect even the slightest of edges.

Pakistan felt hard done by and slumped further towards defeat even the heroics of Misbah-Ul-Haq could not prevent them from starting their World Cup with a loss to their name.

However, is this loss really something Pakistan should be disappointed about or is this showing signs of Pakistan repeating the glory of the 1992 world cup under the leadership of Imran Khan.

Pakistan lost their first game against West Indies in 92 by 10 wickets this was an embarrassing start and no-one would have believed that on the 25th of March 1992 the whole world would witness Imran Khan lifting the world cup in-front of thousands of adoring fans in Melbourne yet it happened.

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Pakistan also won the T20 World cup in 2009 and the same trend occurred they lost to England in their opening game and had to convincingly beat the Dutch just to stand a chance of even qualifying for the Finals. Pakistan have to be focused and cannot afford another loss, they face the Irish who are in full spirit after beating yet another test nation in their first world cup game.

Many believe that the top four in both groups will all be test playing nations but as the Irish have proven these associate nations cannot be taken lightly.

Pakistani fans will hope that this is in fact part of a master plan that will conclude with them crowned World Champions. India are defending champions and it would be a re-storage of pride if it meant that Pakistan were able to take the crown of their neighboring nation.

We will need to see whether or not Misbah can instill the faith that Imran Khan was able to, and if Pakistan can bounce back with a thumping win against the West Indies they will need to win convincingly to bring back smiles on the faces of their disheartened fans.

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