Virat Kohli’s Team India will open their T20 World Cup 2021 marketing campaign in opposition to arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday (October 24). Former India batter Mohammad Kaif, who has been a part of fair proportion of clashes in opposition to neighbours Pakistan – together with the well-known Super Six conflict in 2003 50-over World Cup in South Africa, spoke completely to Zee News English throughout a Facebook Live session.
The Delhi Capitals assistant coach spoke extensively on the Indo-Pak rivalry, strain on the cricketers on this excessive depth encounter and extra. Excerpts from an unique interplay…
India’s rivalry with Pakistan on the cricket discipline in unparalleled. Who do you assume will win the match on Sunday?
First of all, I wish to inform everybody that it’ll be an important match of cricket I assure that. India vs Pakistan matches have change into uncommon now so it’ll be actually nice to see them compete. Look the individuals who love cricket they wish to see the sport being performed. I’ve been a participant of India too, so I wish to see the best way to India play the sport and the way Pakistan play the sport of cricket.
In phrases of talking about strain, I believe Pakistan are beneath extra strain due to their previous file in opposition to India within the ICC event in opposition to India – they’ve misplaced 12 video games.
World Cup match as in comparison with a traditional cricket match – is the strain completely different, particularly when it’s India vs Pakistan?
Look strain is at all times their in case you’re taking part in for India even when it’s an IPL match or state group match. The strain is at all times there and in case you play for India at any stage the strain is their however look this group of Virat Kohli is a really, very robust group due to the depth in each place that this group has, each place has a number of expertise in it.
The trending speak these days is the ‘MS Dhoni factor’ as a result of he’s the mentor. So how will this impact our group?
MS Dhoni has that have and all of the gamers within the group respect MSD very a lot. So sure it’ll be a plus level for India.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2021
Pakistan has good bowlers particularly pacers and likewise good spinners, however persons are speaking about Babar Azam vs Virat Kohli. What do you concentrate on this and Pakistan group?
Look this Pakistan group is superb, Babar Azam is an excellent batter and captain. They have gotten gamers who can carry out good on their day however I’d give my vote to India as a result of the grounds and expertise the Indian gamers have gotten due to the IPL. They’ve been there (UAE) for a fairly a very long time now in order that they know the situations in Dubai higher in comparison with the Pakistan group. IPL can also be a really excessive strain event in order that additionally counts for India .
India vs Pakistan match has that strain on it on paper, so abilities come later after the strain dealing with and I believe India can deal with that strain properly. Look the data are data and so they sign that India are the winners as they at all times defeat Pakistan within the World Cup. But I’m an enormous fan of current-form of the gamers, the group which has higher kind for the time being can win it and within the Indian Team each participant is in nice kind.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 22, 2021
Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib malik who play in center overs. Will their expertise trigger issues for India?
Look Pakistan performs a number of cricket in UAE, the Dubai floor is Pakistan’s ‘second home’ and their file in that floor is spectacular so sure they will get benefit of the situations there.
Bringing again Shoaib Malik is an efficient choice from Pakistan as a result of he performs nearly each shorter format leagues on this planet and has superb expertise on this format of cricket.
Fakhar Zaman, who’s position might be at quantity 3-4 might be asset for Pakistan, as he’s an explosive batter who can play the large photographs. Of course, Babar Azam who’s title is circling around the globe proper now can also be an excellent asset to the Pakistan squad however nonetheless I’d say India are the favourites for this match as a result of they’re in nice form.
Watch full interview of Mohammad Kaif right here…
On significance of fielding within the T20 World Cup 2021
Look a number of matches might be performed all through the event and the grounds are brief in quantity in comparison with the quantity matches to be performed similar to the IPL. The curator there’s from Australia so in the course of the IPL we didn’t get a number of matches from the central pitch of the bottom as a result of he needed to avoid wasting the central pitch for the World Cup.
So we received the aspect pitches and once you play on the aspect pitches the bottom dimensions change. So I believe all these conditions may be seen all through the World Cup as a result of a number of groups will play within the event. The curator would have this factor in thoughts that he must deal with the pitch as a result of it must be stretched lengthy.
The floor dimensions are very completely different in Dubai so this brings a distinct problem for the gamers and specifically the captains as a result of the sector must be set with an excellent evaluation of the edges as one aspect brief and different lengthy so this an enormous problem for each the captains Babar Azam and Virat Kohli.