Reuters

Dhaka-Leading a side teeming with all-rounders, Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez enjoys an embarrassment of riches that he believes will give the 2009 champions a definite edge in the World Twenty20. "We do believe we have good all-rounders in our side," Hafeez told reporters on the eve of Friday's Super 10 opener against arch-rivals India. "With Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, myself and Kamran Akmal as the wicketkeeper-batsman we are blessed to have players like that. Hopefully it will help us." Afridi was in spectacular form in the recent Asia Cup, also in Bangladesh, and Hafeez predicted the flamboyant all-rounder would continue in the same fashion even though he was "not 100 percent" fit. "He's in good form, we've seen that in the Asia Cup. This is a good sign for us because we always want him to bat lower in the order and finish the game for Pakistan," Hafeez said of the maverick leg-spinner who is also one of the most hard-hitting batsmen around. "It's always good to know he's in good nick and a good frame of mind. It's always great your senior player is always looking forward to challenges."

Hafeez is not bothered about the fact that they have never beaten India in World. "We would always want Afridi to come lower down the order and finish the game for us. It's important that he (Afridi) is in good form and frame of mind. We want him to repeat the performance of the Asia Cup match against India," Hafeez said. While Ravichandran Ashwin is slowly regaining some form and will be itching for revenge, Hafeez is confident that the eldest statesman of his side is well prepared to face him. "Each and every individual does his homework," was his reply. Pakistan have never won against India in three ICC World T20 encounters but Hafeez is hardly bothered about "history". "History does not really bother us. Irrespective of whether it is good or bad, it is history. All days are not great days. You should be ready for the next day," Pakistan captain brushed aside the statistical factor.”