Kolkata: Pakistan’s World Cup winning skipper Imran Khan feels that India have an edge over Pakistan in the much-awaited WC semi-final but said that past history won’t affect the clash between the arch-rivals.

"Favourites not always win the World Cup. Home team has never ever won so far. But there is always a first time. Obviously I want Pakistan to win. But at the same time, if ever India had a chance. This is their best chance," Imran, who is here for a promotional campaign, said.

"Recent form, recent track record, and they have a very balanced side. This is the best opportunity for the Indians to win the World Cup. Such are very rare chances and it's a golden opportunity. It may not come in the next World Cup," he said.

Comparing the two captains, Imran said, “Dhoni got the advantage as he is the captain in all three forms. Afridi made a mistake by saying no to captaining Test side. Test match pressure is more than any other form.”

"If you don't captain in Test cricket, it's difficult to handle pressure in one-dayers. So Dhoni has a big advantage over Afridi," said the 1992 World Cup-winning skipper.

Pakistan have lost all their four earlier World Cup matches against India but Imran said they have the ability to break the jinx as the home side would be under more pressure at Mohali.

"There is an old saying that you only cross the river once. Purane cricketers beh chuke hain. Ab depend karega Mohali mein kya hota hai (It all depends what happens in Mohali, rest is past). Records are meant to be broken," Imran said.

(Agencies)