Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir feels skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma can have an enormous duty when India tackle Pakistan within the T20 World Cup later this yr. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday introduced the teams for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to be hosted by the BCCI in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 17 to November 14. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have been positioned in Group 2 of the Super 12s.

“When I played my first international game against Pakistan I was probably much more excited and nervous as compared to some of the fellows who’ve performed loads of cricket towards Pakistan. So, it’s the duty of the senior guys to in all probability maintain the youthful guys calm,” Gambhir mentioned on Star Sports present ICC T20 World Cup Special

“Because ultimately it is not the emotion that will win you a game of cricket, it is the contest between the bat and the ball that will end up winning you a game of cricket. So people like Virat Kohli for example, or Rohit Sharma will have a huge responsibility when India take on Pakistan,” he added.

Former India batsman Robin Uthappa highlighted the importance of an India-Pakistan conflict throughout a World Cup

“It just brings out so many emotions, expectations and people always look forward to it. I think, any cricketer who has played in the past or anyone who looks to play for India is always looking forward to an India-Pakistan game,” mentioned Uthappa.

“Because it brings out a lot of emotions – at least for the people who watch the game, more than the people playing it,” he added.

Both Gambhir and Uthappa additionally spoke on how India ought to get rid of its “obsession” with 2007 and 2011 World Cup wins.

“It was special (being a part of the 2007 T20 World Cup squad), but I have forgotten about it. To be honest, India need to move on from that. 2007, it’s what, more than 13 years ago and I think we need to get rid of this obsession of 2007 and 2011,” mentioned Gambhir.

Of course, for me personally, it is a special moment, but I tend to agree with Gautam Gambhir. I think we have achieved that in 20007, so we know that is achievable,” mentioned Uthappa.

Meanwhile, the teams, chosen on the premise of staff rankings as of March 20, 2021, see defending champions the West Indies pooled together with former champions England, Australia and South Africa in Group 1 of the Super 12s, with two qualifiers from Round 1 becoming a member of them.

Group 2 will comprise of former champions India and Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the opposite two qualifiers from Round 1.


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