Ever since the news of India and Pakistan being drawn in the same 2021 T20 World Cup broke out, the excitement and anticipation surrounding the marquee clash have skyrocketed. While most experts and pundits have already started weighing in on different aspects of the match, former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta spoke on how to head into the T20 World Cup straight after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will affect the Indian team.
Deep Dasgupta: India Is Slightly Ahead Of Pakistan In World Cup But IPL 2021 Before T20 World Cup Will Have A Disadvantage Since One Doesn’t Play As A Team In IPL
India and Pakistan will face each other in Group 2’s Super 12 stage match. The former wicketkeeper-batsman has remarked that the ‘Men in Blue’ may hold an edge because they would be heading into the World Cup right after the conclusion of the 2nd phase of IPL 2021 at the same venue-UAE. He, however, did not fail to mention that India will have their work cut out in certain areas and explained how the event right after IPL could work against them.
“Yes the way Pakistan is playing at this point in time, the current form if you look at it and everything put together, you can say India might be slightly ahead. The other important thing is India would be going straight from IPL,” Deep Dasgupta said in an interview.
“However, playing at the same venues, that’s an advantage, but that can also be a disadvantage because you are not playing as a team in the IPL, you are playing against each other. End of the day, it’s a team sport and you need to gel as a team. After IPL, that’s your first assignment as a team,” Deep Dasgupta added.
“The other thing we can’t really neglect is the whole burnout or fatigue because this team which is in England right now will not get a break. From there, they’ll go to IPL, from IPL to World Cup – they’ll be playing non-stop. So you can’t neglect that factor at all,” Deep Dasgupta further said.
The South Asian heavyweights locking horns with each other makes for a mouth-watering contest and tensions reach sky high. The two teams do not play bilateral series anymore due to political tensions, hence making their ICC events match-ups all the more exciting.
India And Pakistan Haven’t Played Bilateral Series Since 2012-13
India and Pakistan have not played the Test series for more than 14 years. As far as bilateral series in ODIs and T20Is are concerned, it has been over eight years. While they face off each other during ICC events and Asia Cup. The political tension between the two neighbouring countries flared up after the terror attack in Mumbai’s Taj Hotel.
Pakistan and India’s last bilateral ties at either of the two neighbouring countries were 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs in India way back in 2012. The last time the two teams squared off was in the 2019 Men’s ODI World Cup on June 16, which India had comfortably won by 89 runs via the D/L method.
The two Asian rivals now only play matches during the ICC events and Asia Cup which relatively has become one-sided affairs with the Men in Blue edging the Men in Green. India has dominated the rivalry in T20 World Cups, just as they have in the 50 over World Cup, and have won all five encounters so far.
The last T20 match played between the two teams was in 2016 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata during T20 World Cup. India and Pakistan will square off for the first after five years in a T20 International match.