Sunil Gavaskar, the former India skipper spoke on India’s 10-wicket loss against Pakistan, stating that India needs to gather themselves for upcoming fixtures after receiving an “absolute hammering” in the first match.
Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar didn’t hold back when he spoke about the heavy loss suffered by India against Pakistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai. Sunil Gavaskar described this 10-wicket defeat as an “absolute hammering” while talking on the post-match show on Star Sports.
Sunil Gavaskar: The First World Cup Loss To Pakistan Is An Absolute Hammering As Far As India Is Concerned
Pakistan dominated the match in both bowling and batting departments and chased down the target with more than 13 balls to spare.
The defeat didn’t go down very well with Gavaskar, who said, “The loss is an absolute hammering as far as India is concerned.”
However, despite the loss, Sunil Gavaskar explained that the tournament had just begun and India needed to gather themselves and prepare for the upcoming fixtures against New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia, and Scotland.
“Hopefully, India will pick themselves up quickly because that’s important. You’ve got to forget what has happened in this game and focus on the next few matches,” he added.
Pakistan came out all guns blazing as they restricted India to a below-par 151/7 in their 20 overs. Shaheen Shah Afridi dismantled the Indian top-order, claiming three wickets that included the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and eventually that of skipper Virat Kohli.
Pakistan Openers Babar Azam And Mohammad Rizwan Ensured Pakistan Did Not Lose A Wicket In Their 152 Run Chase
After a spirited bowling performance, Pakistan openers, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan did not let the opposition bowlers settle to any kind of lines and lengths as they chased down the target in 17.5 overs without losing a solitary wicket.
Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored half-centuries each and added 152 for an unbeaten opening stand which helped their team win the first-ever match against India at a T20 World Cup. Both India and Pakistan have New Zealand in line for their next match.
Babar Azam stroked his way to 68 while his opening partner, Mohammad Rizwan, smashed 79 as the Indian bowlers struggled to contain the two batters Earlier, Virat Kohli’s half-century helped India recover from a disastrous start and post 151/7 against Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup match on Sunday.
Besides Virat Kohli’s 49-ball 57, Rishabh Pant slammed 39 in 30 deliveries. Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to put India on the back foot early. India will next play New Zealand on October 31 while Pakistan will take on New Zealand on October 26.
Brief scores: India: 151/7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 57, Rishabh Pant 39; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3/31) lost to Pakistan: 152 for no loss in 17.5 overs (Babar Azam 68 not out, Mohammad Rizwan 79 not out) by 10 wickets.