Former Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has opined his strategy for the upcoming and much-awaited ICC Men’s T20 World Cup clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on October 24. According to him, if Pakistan manages to eliminate two of the fiercest batters of the Indian Cricket Team.
Gul said that if the Pakistan bowlers manage to dismiss Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma cheaply, the team will get the upper hand as it will rattle the entire batting line up of their opponents. In the 2016 World Cup match, while Rohit Sharma didn’t make a remarkable appearance in the game, he gave them a bitter pill in the 2019 World Cup. Rohit smashed a brilliant century in the rain-marred game and played a knock of 140 runs. In the same game, captain Kohli hit 85 runs, helping India post a 337 target. Pakistan got stuck at 212/6 in a rain-marred match and eventually lost the game.
“India has worked really hard on their team and realistically, they are very strong. The IPL has benefitted them and given them several players. If you have to look at their batting, then Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are the main players. They are a part of India’s top order. Get them out and India will be under pressure. If in the Powerplay, Pakistan can dismiss 2-3 of their top-order batsmen, then it will be tough for the rest of the batsmen,” Gul told Cricket Pakistan.
During their last T20 World Cup encounter in the 2016 World T20, India defeated Pakistan by six wickets. Kohli played a knock of a swashbuckling 55 runs off 37 balls and remained unbeaten as India chased down a 119-run target at the Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata.
Statistically speaking, Pakistan has registered zero T20 World Cup match victories over India since 2007. While their match in 2007 ended up in a tie, India emerged victorious in their encounters till 2016.
The T20 World Cup, which was initially scheduled to take place in India, due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country has been shifted to the UAE. It will see a high-octane clash among the top 16 teams in the world starting in Muscat on 17 October and concluding in the UAE on 14 November.
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