Umar Akmal was included in Pakistan's World Cup squad © Getty Images
Umar Akmal was included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad © Getty Images

Karachi: Jan 14, 2015

Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal Wednesday said all the players have high hopes about the performance in their World Cup opener against India Feb 15 in Adelaide.

“We will try to perform our best against India. If we continue with the same form we are sure to emerge victorious,” Umar was quoted as saying by

About a popular belief that Pakistani players lose their ground in major events against powerful teams such as India, he said he was equally surprised why the team ends up failing against its South Asian neighbours.

He hopes the upcoming World Cup will see an end to this custom, adding that the confidence being provided by team management and coaches has been a morale booster.

The 24-year-old is also looking at the World Cup to redeem himself as the prodigious batting talent that he has looked like even though the instances have been few and far between.