Xtra Time Web Desk: Former Pakistani pacesetter Umar Gul has provided important advice to Shaheen Shah Afridi and co for the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup clash against arch-rival India in Dubai. According to Gul, the key for Pakistan will be to see the backs of Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma early. Both India and Pakistan will begin their campaign against each other on October 24.
India has an impeccable record against Pakistan in the ICC event. The Men in Blue have racked up 12 wins against their biggest rivals without losing once. However, India lost the 2017 Champions Trophy final against Pakistan by a whopping 180 runs. The last time the two teams faced each other in an ICC event was during the 2019 World Cup in England, where Virat and his team defeated Pakistan by 89 runs in a rain marred game at Old Trafford.
“India have worked very hard on their team and realistically they are very strong. The IPL has taken advantage of them and given them different players. If you have to look at their percussion, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are the main players. They are part of the top order of India. Take them out and India will be under pressure. If Pakistan can sack 2-3 of their best batsmen in the Powerplay, it will be difficult for the rest of the batsmen,” Gul told Cricket Pakistan in an interview.
Gul sounded confident in Babar Azam’s team to qualify for the final four stages.
“Our team has the potential to qualify for the last four, especially as the matches are played in the UAE, as the conditions suit us. [Pakistan],” he said.