T20 World Cup 2021, India vs Pakistan: Today, even after the final of IPL 2021, the excitement of cricket in UAE will remain intact. The top teams of the world will be seen fighting among themselves for the title of T20 World Cup 2021 here. The qualifier stage of the tournament will start from October 17. Super 12 stage will start from 23rd October. In the tournament, Team India will start its campaign with a high voltage match against Pakistan to be held on October 24. Both India and Pakistan have been given a place in Group 2 together in the Super 12 stage. Let us tell you that the last match between India and Pakistan was played in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Talking about T20, there have been eight international matches between Team India and Pakistan, out of which India has beaten Pakistan on seven occasions. At the same time, Pakistan has been able to register victory in only one match. This is the 9th match between India and Pakistan and Team India looks all set to start their campaign with a win. Team India looks very strong under the captaincy of Virat Kohli and the mentorship of former captain MS Dhoni. It will not be easy for Babar Azam’s team to overcome this challenge.
Team India’s batting order looks very strong
After the way KL Rahul has batted in the IPL for Punjab Kings (PBKS), it is expected that he will open the innings with Rohit Sharma. Captain Kohli can then come to bat at number three. After this, the middle order of the team also looks very strong due to Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant.
Many questions still remain regarding the fitness of all-rounder Hardik Pandya. However, the management seems confident about his being fully fit for bowling before the match against Pakistan. The way all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has improved his batting in the lower order, he can prove to be a trump card for India in these matches. So far in the IPL too, he has batted in a very destructive style. Team India will expect a similar performance from him in the T20 World Cup as well.
Shami and Bumrah will be responsible for bowling
In this match against Pakistan, the responsibility of Team India’s bowling will be on the strong shoulders of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Apart from this, the experience of Bhuvneshwar Kumar can also be very useful for the team. Considering the poor performance of Rahul Chahar in the IPL for spinners, Varun Chakravarthy can be given a chance. Chakraborty has been performing brilliantly for the Kolkata team for the last two seasons of the IPL and understanding his mystery spin can prove to be a difficult task for the Pakistan batsmen.
Pakistan has not won the T20 World Cup from India till date
India and Pakistan have faced each other five times in the T20 World Cup. Pakistan’s team has to face every time. In the 2007 T20 World Cup, India defeated Pakistan twice, first in the group stage and then in the final. After this, in the 2012 T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli’s 78 runs from 61 balls helped the team beat Pakistan by eight wickets. Similarly, Team India had registered a one-sided victory over Pakistan team in 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cup as well. India has a 5-0 record against Pakistan in the World Cup and Team India looks all set to make this figure 6-0 on October 24.