'India are superior to Pakistan but…': Sourav Ganguly on the big T20 World Cup clash | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: The much-anticipated first round clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the T20 World Cup is scheduled for June 9 at the newly constructed 34,000-capacity Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.
India and Pakistan are the favorites to advance to the Super 8 stage in Group A, which also includes Ireland.
India banked on experienced players like captain Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohliplaying for perhaps the last time in a T20 World Cup, to regain the title won at the inaugural tournament in South Africa in 2007.
Speaking at the opening of the international procurement and supply chain conference organized by Blue Ocean Corporation in Mumbai on Saturday, former Indian captain and former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly discussed his thoughts on the major clash.
Ganguly said that even though India are better than Pakistan, the bitter rivals will present a formidable challenge in the Twenty20 format when the two teams play on June 9.
“Our record against Pakistan has been very, very good over a long period. In the T20 format, Pakistan are probably more dangerous than the 50-overs format. We beat them in Ahmedabad when they came to India and we We beat them easily.
“India are superior and if they play well, if they play freely and I keep saying the word 'freely' all the time because in the last World Cup in Australia, I don't think that we played freely,” he said.
“Leave all the cobwebs aside. Don't worry about winning or losing. Don't think about winning the World Cup. Just go and play every game,” he added.
Regarding India's prospects, Ganguly said that India has a strong chance of winning the T20 World Cup. The United States and the West Indies will co-host the event, which begins Saturday.
“India have a very good chance in the World Cup. India will have to play like a T20 team. There is a lot of talent there,” he said.
Ganguly also said that India's chances are “very good” in the T20 World Cup but the team should play with “freedom”.
“…play without fear and keep hitting. There is tremendous talent, (it's) a team that has (Virat) Kohli, Rohit (Sharma), Surya (Suryakumar Yadav), (Rishabh) Pant, ( Shivam) Dubey, (Hardik) Pandya, (Ravindra) Jadeja, Axar (Patel), (Jasprit) Bumrah, Sanju (Samson),” he said when asked about India's chances .
“That’s why I say everyone is capable of winning for India and the only way to do that is to play with freedom.
“Play with that extra batsman and hit from the first ball, hit until you have to defend (and) bowl like the last ball,” he added.
Ganguly supported Rohit and Kohli as India's opening duo.
“It's Virat and Rohit, both are expected to open. Virat has been in great touch in the initial loadinghe’s a great player,” he said.
The former opener said the walk-in pitches used at the World Cup in the United States, imported from Adelaide, should be suitable for batting.
“I'm very excited to see what the conditions are like in the United States. (The Nassau County Cricket Stadium is a) new ground, a new stadium. I know there has been a decline in pitches coming from 'Adelaide.
“The ICC spent a lot of money introducing walk-in presentations in America,” he said.
“(The) free throws are normally very good, very hitter-friendly. And they don't change much over time because they're different from natural throws. So we expect the throws to be very good,” he said. he declared. added.

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(With PTI inputs)



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