New DelhiFormer India opener Gautam Gambhir says that there will be a lot of pressure on Pakistan when they play India in the ICC T20 World Cup match on October 24. The first match of Group 2 will be played between India and Pakistan. Apart from these two teams in this group, there will also be New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifying teams. “I am sure this will put tremendous pressure on Pakistan as India has a 5-0 record against Pakistan in the World Cup,” Gambhir said. We should not talk about whether there will be pressure on India. There will be pressure on Pakistan because there will be a lot of expectations from them. He said, ‘If seen, India is much better than Pakistan at this time. Yes, anyone can beat anyone in T20. We cannot take any team lightly. Sometimes a team like Afghanistan also becomes heavy. Same is with Pakistan but the pressure will be on the Pakistani team. Gambhir said that India won its first match against Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup and after that it comfortably focused on the rest of the tournament. Gambhir said, ‘When we won the 2007 T20 World Cup, our first match was against Scotland which was washed out. After that our first match was against Pakistan. It is important to play Pakistan at the start of the tournament. “You don’t need to think much about Pakistan. You’ve already played with them after which you can focus on the rest of the tournament. I am very happy for both the countries that they will play against each other. There has not been a bilateral series between India and Pakistan since 2013 and the match between them is seen only in ICC events. India last played a match against Pakistan in the 2019 ODI World Cup in England and won. The ICC T20 World Cup will start in UAE and Oman from October 17 and its final match will be played in Dubai on November 14.
[Attribution to NBT]