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India-Pakistan blockbuster clash at MCG on Oct 23

Team India will kick-off their campaign in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup with a mouth-watering clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the fixtures for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 as per which trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand will face Australia in the opening match of the Super 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on October 22.

In the ‘Super 12′, England, New Zealand, Australia and Afghanistan have been drawn together in Group 1, while India, Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh are placed in Group 2.

As per the schedule, the showpiece event will run between October 18 and November 13 with 16 teams set to compete and seven cities to host matches across Australia. While 12 of those 16 nations are already confirmed, the final four will be determined by Global Qualifying.

The Super 12 will run for a fortnight, with the two groups set to reach their conclusion on the weekend of November 5 and 6. In addition to Pakistan versus India and Australia versus New Zealand matches, a scattering of other fixtures stand out as likely key games in the Super 12 stage.

There will be a repeat of the 2021 semifinal between England and New Zealand when the two teams meet at The Gabba in Brisbane on November 1 in what is both teams’ penultimate group game. Also, Pakistan are scheduled to face Bangladesh in Adelaide on the final afternoon of the Super 12 stage.

The tournament will begin with a six-day group stage — First Round — to determine the final four teams to qualify for the Super 12.

Sri Lanka and Namibia will be joined by two further qualifiers in Group A, with West Indies and Scotland drawn together alongside two additional teams from the Global Qualifier in Group B.

The First Round will consist of daily double-headers, held on alternate days at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval and Geelong’s Kardinia Park, with all Group A matches at the latter venue and all Group B matches held in the Tasmanian city. All fixtures will be held between October 16 and 21.

The winner of Group A and runner-up of Group B will join Group 1 in the Super 12 stage, with Group B’s winners and the second-placed team in Group A heading into Group 2.

The SCG will host the first semifinal on November 9, with the second semifinal to be held the following day at the Adelaide Oval. The final is scheduled for to be played at the MCG in front of a capacity 100,024 crowd.

The event will be held at seven venues. Kardinia Park in Geelong will host six matches, exclusively in the opening week’s First Round, while Bellerive Oval in Hobart will host nine games in total, six in the first round and three further matches during the opening three days of the Super 12 stage.

The remainder of the Super 12 matches will be held at the following stadiums: The Gabba (Brisbane), Perth Stadium, Adelaide Oval, Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Raza eyeing to generate revenues for member nations through quadrangular T20I series

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja, who had recently proposed the idea of a four-nation Twenty20 Super Series involving arch-rivals India – Pakistan, and England and Australia, has reckoned that his aim is not just to hold a cricket tournament but also to generate revenues for the four participating boards along with the cricket boards affiliated to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“We have got to break the barriers for the sake of the game and the fans,” Raja was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Notably, big teams like India, Australia and England find it difficult for a window in the packed global cricket calendar however, Raja felt that it would be shame if one can’t find a window for such an event.

“If you can’t find a window for this, then cricket is doomed, sorry,” he expressed.

Further detailing on his plan for the quadrangular series, Raza said that he would propose a Ltd company at the ICC with a dedicated staff and a Chief Executive Officer for the purpose.

“I am proposing a new Ltd company at the ICC to run the four-nation Super Series with a dedicated CEO. There has to be a new structure for the pooling and sharing of income,” he opined.

“The financials/money can be divided in a staggered percentage way amongst the ICC Boards. For this we have to create an FTP window for it,” Raza added.

“It could be a financial and viewing bonanza as there would be numerous little battles like Pakistan-India and Ashes rivalry (England-Australia) within such a competition. It would be a great comeback of sorts for countries competition (international cricket) as a challenge of franchise cricket mounts,” he analysed.

The PCB chief also said that he will propose the idea by this week. “I am still to float it (the idea) officially, I might do so by the end of the week,” he said.

Notably, arch-rivals India and Pakistan only face each other in ICC events as bilateral cricket has been suspended between the two nations due to political tensions and the idea behid the annual quadrangular T20 was to see them facing-off each other regular in international cricket.

Earlier, the PCB chief had said that as the two nations don’t play bilateral cricket, the annual four-nation series would pave a way to see the two sides facing-off each other in international cricket.

“It’s not going to happen right now, but who knows,” Raja had told Code Sports.

“I have a good mind of proposing a rugby Six Nations-style series that they have a cricket series, a T20 international series outside the FTP [Future Tours Programme] where Australia, England, India, and Pakistan can play four sides,” he said.

“I was thinking of maybe introducing this concept at the ICC meeting. If India and Pakistan are not willing to play bilaterally, involve them in a four-nation [event], and so every year this tournament could go to England, Australia, Pakistan and India and take it from there. I will (propose it), definitely I will. So this is breaking news,” Raza added.

PCB Chairman mulling to propose quadrangular T20 series involving India

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja is planning to propose an annual quadrangular T20I series which will involve arch-rivals India and Pakistan beside Australia and England.

As per a report in Code Sports, Raza has planned to propose the idea during an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.

Notably, arch-rivals India and Pakistan only face each other in ICC events as bilateral cricket has been suspended between the two nations due to political tensions and the idea behid the annual quadrangular T20 is to see them facing-off each other regular in international cricket.

“It’s not going to happen right now, but who knows,” Raja told Code Sports.

“I have a good mind of proposing a rugby Six Nations-style series that they have a cricket series, a T20 international series outside the FTP [Future Tours Programme] where Australia, England, India, and Pakistan can play four sides,” he said.

“I was thinking of maybe introducing this concept at the ICC meeting. If India and Pakistan are not willing to play bilaterally, involve them in a four-nation [event], and so every year this tournament could go to England, Australia, Pakistan and India and take it from there. I will (propose it), definitely I will. So this is breaking news,” Raza added.

Meanwhile, Raza also urged the Australian players to tour Pakistan as it would have an emotional impact on the local fans, who had been deprived of international cricket at home.

Notably, Australia are scheduled to tour Pakistan in early March for a full tour comprising for three Tests, three ODIs, and one T20I. The upcoming tour will be Australia’s first visit to the country since 1998.

Commenting on the upcoming tour, Raza said: “There’s a lot of excitement. You’ve got to understand what it means to Pakistani fans. We’ll make sure that we make it into a grand spectacle as well.”

“Some of the comments coming out of Australia, are very encouraging for us. I heard what Usman Khawaja had to say. You’ve got to understand the emotions behind such a tour. A young Australian cricketer may not understand the value that he’ll bring by touring Pakistan,” he added.

The first Test match between the two sides is scheduled to be played from March 3 in Karachi’s National Stadium while the second Test will be played between March 12 and 16 in Rawalpindi. The two teams will face-off for one final time in the Test series between March 21 and 25 in Lahore.

The three-match Test series will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

The Test series will be followed by a three-match ODI series. The ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, a 13-team event from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.

All four white-ball matches (3 ODIs and One T20I) will be held in Lahore from March 29 to April 5.

All teams will travel to Pakistan for 2025 Champions Trophy: ICC

It will be after 29 long years when an ICC event will mark a return to Pakistan as the International Cricket Council (ICC) had last week announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

However, despite being announced as the host for the prestigious tournament, there has been uncertainty over the participation of teams in the tournament, particularly India.

Bilateral cricket between the two neighbouring nation has been suspended since a long time and the two teams only square off in ICC events. However, with the tournament in Pakistan, it is not clear whether the Men in Blue will travel to its neighbouring country.

On the other hand, international sides have largely stayed away from touring Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009, which had killed six policemen and two civilians.

ICC chairman Greg Barclay was asked if the global body was confident teams would travel to Pakistan to which he replied: “From what we can see, absolutely. We wouldn’t have awarded the event if we didn’t think Pakistan was capable of hosting it.

“I’m sure, as with all countries, they will put together appropriate security plans to deliver the event. We’re comfortable and confident it will go ahead,” he added.

Meanwhile, speaking on the possibility of India’s chances of visiting Pakistan Barclay admitted that it would be a “challenging issue” and said that the ICC is not responsible to control the “geopolitical forces”. He however, hoped that the sport rekindles the cricketing ties between the two nations.

“Yeah, we know it is a particularly challenging issue to work through, but from my point of view, I cannot control geopolitical forces. I just hope cricket can be a force to help improve relationships between countries. That is the one great thing sport can do is to help people and nations come together. If it can help in contributing to that, then it is fantastic,” he expressed.

Recently, New Zealand and England had called off their Pakistan tours due to security concerns.

Few days back, Indian Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur had said that the Indian government and the home ministry will make a call on India’s participation when the time comes.

“When the time will come, the Indian government and the home ministry will take a decision. During the international championships, all the factors are looked upon,” Thakur said.

“Even in the past, many countries have refused to play in Pakistan due to security concerns. As you all know, many players were even attacked while playing over there and that’s a big issue to be dealt with,” he added.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns to the cuntry.

Govt will take a call on India’s participation in 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan at right time: Sports Minister

After the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Pakistan as the host of the Champions Trophy in 2025, there has been a question on every cricket fan’s mind whether Team India will travel to neighbouring country or not.

Due to political tensions between the two nations, bilateral cricket has been suspended since a long time however, the two sides now only meet each other in ICC events.

Responding to a question on the issue, Indian Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur has nowsaid that the Indian government and the home ministry will make a call on India’s participation when the time comes.

“When the time will come, the Indian government and the home ministry will take a decision. During the international championships, all the factors are looked upon,” Thakur said.

“Even in the past, many countries have refused to play in Pakistan due to security concerns. As you all know, many players were even attacked while playing over there and that’s a big issue to be dealt with,” he added.

Pakistan has been largely starved of international cricket particularly since the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ICC had announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns to the country.

The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) newly appointed chairman Ramiz Raja had brushed aside the fears of any last-minute pullouts by the teams from the showpiece event.

“It is not going to happen. They [ICC] went through all the pros and cons and after going through the details, came to the conclusion that Pakistan is fit enough to host and administer the Champions Trophy. You shouldn’t worry at all. I don’t think there will be any negativity or any pullouts at all,” said the PCB chairman.

“We won’t be going to the UAE for the Asia Cup or the Champions Trophy. Not everything happens because of India. We are also here. Don’t worry,” he added.

T20 World Cup: Will India’s early exit hit ad revenue of official broadcaster???

The Virat Kohli-led Team India’s dismal show in the ongoing T20 World Cup has undoubtedly disappointed the Indian fans around the globe.

With the Men in Blue’s early exit from the showpiece event, one question will be surely in everyone’s mind that whether the development have any impact on the ad revenue of the Star India, the official broadcaster of the showpiece event?

As it has been the case a few times before that in such a scenario, whenever India had made an early exit from the ICC events or even any tri-series, not only the fans but also the broadcaster had felt the financial jolts.

Going back to 2007, when India had made a shocking exit from the 50-over World Cup in the West Indies, the commercial revenues for the broadcaster had witnessed a significant drop.

Many companies which had booked slots and were already prepared with their respective campaigns, either demanded return of funds or discount or redrafting of the then agreements.

Notably in the 2007 World Cup, two of the tournament favourites — India and Pakistan — had both made an early exit. At that time, as many as 31 games were still left to be played in the showpiece event and with the two teams packing their bags in advance, the viewership also took a hit which finally resulted in drop of ad revenue of the official broadcaster.

Now coming to the present time, even after India’s early exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup, there aren’t many games left in the tournament.

Although the viewership in India is undobtedly expected to drop for the remainder of the tournament, industry sources said that Star India wouldn’t suffer loss of advertising revenue.

The reason why it wouldn’t impact Star financially is that the ad inventory for the tournament has been already sold out irrespective of whether India is playing the semi-finals/finals or not.

However, India’s early exits could prove fatal for advertisers because with viewership now set to drop, the advertisers will surely crib.

Meanwhile issuing a statement, Star has said that the high-octane clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan created history by clocking a record reach of 167 million viewers, making it the most viewed T20I match till date.

“The India-Pakistan match has created history by clocking a record reach of 167 million viewers, making it the most viewed T20I match till date. We have continually strived to grow the audience base for marquee Cricket and this record is a testament to our efforts across high-decibel campaigns, enhanced storytelling, dedicated regional programming, and consumer innovations,” said a Star India spokesperson in a statement,

“There’s no doubt that the result of the match and India’s exit from the tournament disappointed fans but the record viewership displays the unique power of Cricket to engage audiences at an unprecedented scale,” he added.

As per the broadcaster’s statement, the India-Pakistan match surpassed the previous peak, which was the 2016 ICC World T20 semi-finals between India and West Indies, which had a reach of 136 million and an AMA (average minute audiences in ‘000) of 60.

Overall, India’s early exit from the ongoing event won’t hamper the official broadcaster financially however, it could not be denied that the Men in Blue’s campaign in any ICC event makes a massive impact.

T20 World Cup: Pakistan scripts history; thrash India by 10 wickets

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan side scripted history on Sunday as the Green Brigade broke their World Cup jinx against arch-rivals India after thrashing the Virat Kohli-led side by 10 wickets in the third match of the ongoing T20 World Cup in Dubai.

Chasing a modest total of 152 runs for victory, Babar (68 not out off 52) and Mohammad Rizwan (79 unbeaten off 55) played brilliantly as the opening duo denied the Indian bowlers any success and helped their side cross the line with 13 balls to spare.

Notably, it is for the first time when Pakistan defeated India in a World Cup match, having lost their all encounters in the past.

The Pakistan opener posted the highest ever partnership for any wicket by any team against India in T20Is and also surpassed the previous best, which was 133 by David Warner and Shane Watson.

Rizwan and Babar also created another record of Pakistan’s best-ever partnership for any wicket against India in T20Is as they surpassed the nine-year-old record created by Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik when they scored 106 runs for the fourth wicket in 2012 at Bangalore.

For India, pacer Mohammed Shami was the most expensive bowler, leaking 43 runs from 3.5 overs.

Pakistan’s Rizwan, meanwhile, also completed 1,500 T20 runs in the ongoing calendar year. He’s only the 2nd Pakistani after Babar Azam to score 1,500 runs in a calendar year.

Earlier put into bat, skipper Kohli (57 off 49 balls) and stumper Rishabh Pant (39 off 30 balls) steadied the ship for India as they duo forged a crucial 53-run partnership for the fourth wicket after the Men in Blue lost three early wickets.

It was the duo’s effort in the middle which somehow helped India to reach 151/7 in the allotted 20 overs.

Put into bat, India was reduced to 36/3 in the power-play as Shaheen Shah Afridi (3/31) jolted the kohli-led side after packing back both the openers – KL Rahul (3) and Rohit Sharma cheaply. Rohit couldn’t even manage to open his account as he was trapped before the wickets by Afridi in the very first over of the match itself.

Later, incoming batter Suryakumar Yadav (11 off 8) hit a maximum off Afridi and swept spinner Imad Wasim for a boundary but his stay at the crease was cut short by Pakistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, who dived to his right to catch a thick edge off Hasan Ali delivery in the final over of the power-play.

Follwoing his dismissal, Kohli was joined by Pant in the middle and the duo led the charge for rebuilding the Indian innings.

While Pant was more aggressive, Kohli kept on rotating the strike.

Just when the duo looked settled in the middle, Pant top-edged a slog delivery of the 13th over by Shadab Khan, who caught the Indian stumper off his own bowling.

After Pant’s dismissal, Kohli took the charge as he slammed four boundaries off Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali en route to his half-century while Ravindra Jadega chipped in with 13 runs off as many deliveries as the men in Blue somehow posted a respectable total on the score board.

For Pakistan, Afridi was the wrecker-in-chief as he returned with impressive figures of 3/31 while Hasan Ali bagged couple of wickets conceding 44 runs. On the other hand, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf picked one wicket each handing 22 and 25 runs respectively.

Pakistan will next face New Zeland in Sharjah on Tuesday while India will face the Kiwis in their next encounter on October 31.

Brief scores: Pakistan 152/0 (Mohammad Rizwan 79 not out, Babar Azam 68 not out) in 17.5 overs BEAT India 151/7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 57, Rishabh Pant 39, Shaheen Afridi 3/31, Hasan Ali 2/44) by 10 wickets

T20 World Cup: Pakistan announces 12-man squad for clash against India

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan side on Saturday announced their 12-man squad for their opening clash of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Dubai on Sunday.

The Pakistan team management has decided to include senior and experienced cricketers in their playing XI for the much-awaited blockbuster clash against arch-rivals India.

Babar Azam-led squad will aim to break their World Cup jinx against the Men in Blue in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as India have beaten the Green Brigade in all of their 12 matches at the T20 and 50-over World Cups so far.

Recently, when asked about his team’s dismal 0-5 record against India in T20 World Cup matches, Babar had said that his side has played a lot of cricket in the UAE and knows the conditions well.

“Definitely we have played a lot of cricket in the UAE. These conditions suit us and we know how to play here. We need to keep things simple in all the departments,” he had said.

After opening their campaign against the Virat Kohli-led Team India, Pakistan will next face New Zealand at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah October 26.

The Green Brigade will next take on Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai October 29 before facing the two qualifers on November 2 and 7 in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14 in Dubai.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Men in Green had suffered a defeat against South Africa by six wickets in a thrilling warm-up match at the Tolerance Oval in Abu Dhabi.

However, in their first warm-up match at the ICC Academy Cricket ground in Dubai on October 18, Pakistan had thrashed West Indies by seven-wicket.

Although the cricket world is waiting for the most-awaited blockbluster clash between the two neighbouring nations, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar had said that his country’s “real anger” was directed towards New Zealand and not Team India as the Kiwis had recently abandoned their tour to his which was followed by England.

“Our real anger is with New Zealand. We will take it out on them, we have no issues with you (India),” Akhtar said while talking during India Today’s show Salaam Cricket 2021.

Significantly on September 17, the Kiwi cricket team had abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

The development took place a few minutes before the first ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Following New Zealand’s last-minute decision to cancel their limited-overs tour had not gone well with Akhtar, who had slammed the touring Kiwi team and its cricket board, saying “NZ just killed Pakistan cricket”.

“Sad scenes & news from Rawalpindi. Following points for New Zealand to remember: 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack. Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand. Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of Covid circumstances regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour,” Akhtar had expressed.

“This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed. Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart and assured but it was still refused. Pakistan has safely hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL,” he had added.

Later, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had also cancelled their men’s and women’s short tour of Pakistan, which was severely criticised by many former cricketers.

Hardik Pandya expected to bowl against Pakistan, hints Rohit Sharma

Team Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma has hinted that all-rounder Hardik Pandya might bowl when their side begins its T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket stadium in Dubai.

Sharma, who led the India in their second warm-up game against Australia, had said his side needs the services of a sixth bowler.

Notably, several questions have been raised over Hardik, who has refrained from bowling since a long time and the all-rounder also didn’t bolwed a single over in the recently concluded season of Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Hardik is coming along pretty well, but it’ll be a while before he will start to bowl. He hasn’t started bowling, but he should be ready by the start of the tournament,” Rohit had said at the toss for the warm-up match against Australia couple of days back.

“We have quality in the main bowlers, but you need an option for a sixth bowler,” he added.

“We want to make sure that we get the sixth bowling option, some options in the batting order as well, we’ll try all those things today,” he had said.

In the recent times, Hardik’s fitness has been a cause of concern for the Men in Blue. It was due to his fitness which had forced the selectors to make a change in their 15-memeber squad for the T20 World Cup as Shardul Thakur, who was in the reserves, was bought in place of spinner Axar Patel because the Mumbai cricketer was the only seamer in the squad who can also be handy with the willow.

Recently, former India opener Gautam Gambhir had said that Hardik, not bowling could a big concern for the Kohli-led side.

“If I have to go with just five bowlers, then I will pick Ishan Kishan ahead of Hardik Pandya on current form. If you are going with five proper bowlers and six batsmen, Hardik’s form is probably a massive concern. Forget about the bowling, with the bat as well,” Gambhir had said on Star Sports show Gameplan.

“For me, Hardik Pandya gets into India’s playing XI only if he does proper bowling in both warmup games, not only in the nets. There is a huge difference between bowling in the nets and against quality batsmen like Babar Azam and that too in the World Cup,” he had added.

After beating England in their first warm-up fixture by seven wickets, the Men in Blue once again produced an all-round display as they had thrashed Australia by eight wickets in their second practise game.

India will now play Pakistan in the blockbuster clash of the showpiece event on October 24 in Dubai.

The Men In Blue, placed in the second group, will next face New Zealand on October 31 at the same venue before facing Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi.

India will then take on the two of the four qualifiers on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14.

2007 WC winning star share views on upcoming Ind-Pak clash

The evening of October 24 will see the Dubai International Stadium house one of the most historic and mouth-watering clashes in cricketing history as the Virat Kohli-led Team India will lock horns with arch-nemesis Pakistan in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday.

After almost a two-year hiatus, Virat Kohli and Co. face-off against Babar Azam-led Pakistan in this highly anticipated encounter which will also be the Indian skipper’s swansong with the captaincy tag. Pakistan is yet to get a one-up over their rivals in World Cups as the head-to-head has been heavily dominated by the Men in Blue.

However, both teams have entered the tournament with a fresh perspective, filled to the brim with enormous young talent and the hunger and eagerness to prove themselves on the biggest stage of them all.

Virat will be eyeing a huge victory over their rivals to establish their foothold, which will also set the precedent and momentum in the marquee tournament. The mentorship of MS Dhoni will help in resonating a positive mindset and confidence amongst the Indian team.

Exceptional performances topped by victories in the two warm-up games against England and Australia have been massive boosts for young talents like Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Rahul Chahar, who have showcased their talent and skill ahead of the opener. The opening pair of KL Rahul and ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma have shown their prowess and never cease to impress.

Jasprith Bumrah’s magic with the white ball will be looking to shut down the dangerous early efforts of Babar Azam with the bat.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘Class of 2007’, former Team India all-rounder Irfan Pathan spoke about Virat Kohli’s men in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

“I think nobody expected anything from the 2007 team, but there are a lot of expectations from the current World Cup squad. The new team has expectations and experience. When we entered the 2007 T20 World Cup, we hardly had the experience of playing in T20 format. But now, things are different, people play IPL, they play a lot of T20 games and there are a lot of conversations around T20 format,” Pathan expressed.

“In 2007, there was no social media, but now there is social media, so there are lot of conversations around performances and memes. I think the boys know that there are lot of expectations from them and they know how to handle it,” he added.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘Class of 2007’, veteran Team India wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik spoke about the Indian squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, “I completely agree with what Irfan said. It’s completely different in terms of handling pressure, but one thing is very different today to what it was in 2007 is the fact that they have plenty of IPL experience and they have played in high pressure games and they have played in matches which are – when it comes to pressure, it’s second to none.”

Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthik, RP Singh, Ajit Agarkar aslo shared their thoughts on who will be Team India’s X factor in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Gautam Gambhir: “Jasprit Bumrah!”

Harbhajan Singh: “I think if I have to choose one, I will Rohit Sharma. I think he’s going to be the key!”

Dinesh Karthik: “I will put my money on Hardik Pandya and Varun Chakravarthy. I think these two can make the difference in T20 World Cup.”

Ajit Agarkar: “Rohit Sharma & Jasprit Bumrah. I think Rohit could be the key, opening the innings and Bumrah with what he does.”

RP Singh: “Jasprit Bumrah!”

Irfan Pathan: “I think Jasprit Bumrah and his opposite end. I think the two bowlers who will bowl in the last overs are crucial.”

Record-breaker and captain of the Pakistan team, Babar Azam is the perfect example of ‘letting the bat do the talking’. His 50 off 41 balls against the West Indies in the warm-up game is a warning sign for India because once the 27-year-old gets going with the bat, he transforms into a beast, who is very difficult to contain.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez bring a comforting amount of experience to the Pakistani side, their previous meetings with India in past world cups will be a definite advantage for the team. Shaheen Afridi, a 21-year-old prospect proven in the Pakistan Super League, has dished out top performances in both warm-up games by picking up a total of 4 wickets. Hasan Ali looks to be the standout pacer for the Men in Green.

The lanky pacer excels at a slower wicket in the UAE, his variations and lengths will be a tough task for the Indian batters to manage against.