T20 World Cup: Pak has players who can change the game anytime, Kohli: Ahead of India vs Pak
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Sun Oct 24 2021
T20 World Cup: Pak has players who can change the game anytime, Kohli: Ahead of India vs Pak. He also said that against teams like Pakistan one has to plan their best possible and approach that well.
Ind vs Pak, T20 WC: Kohli backed that Hardik Pandya would be ready to play in Sunday’s match, saying that if Hardik can bowl even two overs, the team’s balance becomes even better.
India launched their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup attack in a high-octane ‘Super 12’ match against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. India has a 5-0 record against Pakistan in the Men’s T20 World Cup.
“According to me, Pakistan team is very powerful and has been a strong team for a long time. You have to play your best cricket against them because they have a lot of talent. They have players who can change the game anytime.
Against teams like them, you have to put forward your best plan and determine that the plan is executed well.
The more consistently we play, the more control we can exert over the opposition. So, of course, we have to bring the A-game forward, Kohli said in the pre-match press conference on Saturday.
Virat Kohli declined to give any concrete details about the make-up of India’s playing XI for their tournament opener but spoke of the team’s confidence in executing the plans.
“We’ve talked about our cohabitation. I’m not going to clarify them right now. But we’ve built a very balanced team and something that we think covers all the bases properly.
“We are also very confident in terms of performance because people have been playing enough T20 cricket in the IPL recently. Everyone is playing well. So, it is a very definite thing for the team.
Virat approved that fast all-rounder Hardik Pandya would be ready to play in Sunday’s match, adding that if Pandya can bowl even two overs, the team’s balance becomes even better.
“I think Hardik Pandya, currently in this tournament is getting well with his physical condition to be ready to bowl at least two overs for us at a certain stage.
We strongly believe that we can make the most of the opportunities we have. Until he starts bowling. We have considered some other options to give one or two overs. We are not worried about it at all.”
But Virat Kohli talked about the huge value that theHardik Pandya batsman brings to the Indian T20I squad at number six.
“What he brings to No. 6 is something that cannot be built overnight. So, I have been in favor of accepting him as a batsman in Australia, which we saw in the T20 series and How can he take the game away from it?
“It’s very important to have that guy, especially in T20 cricket, who can play a resultant inning at that level. Even when the chips are down, he is someone who can play long innings. Is.
To us, it’s more precious than helping him do something he’s not ready for at the moment. He is very dispatched and is anxious to give us (a) a few overs.
When this happens, obviously, the balance becomes even better. We are very sure at the start of the tournament.”