Pressure on Pakistan in India World Cup Game, Says Gavaskar

Written by Vipin Darwade

India great Sunil Gavaskar says the pressure will be on Pakistan in Sunday’s highly anticipated World Cup clash between the arch-rivals but believes the weather could play a key role.

Virat Kohli’s India start as favourites in the round-robin match at Old Trafford, with two wins and a no result so far.

Pakistan, led by Sarfaraz Ahmed, are struggling, with just one win — an upset against hosts England – two defeats and a washout.

“It’s a must-win game for them (Pakistan). If they don’t win, it’ll be very tough,” Gavaskar wrote in a column for the ICC.

“The fact it’s an old rivalry means it will be followed closely by the people of both countries, but Pakistan have had a bit of a stumble so far so there’s probably a bit more pressure on them.”

But the threat of rain looms large over the high-profile contest, which is expected to be watched by up to one billion people on TV.

“If it’s a proper 50-overs game I think India have the strength to win,” said Gavaskar, who was part of India’s World Cup-winning squad in 1983.

“But if gets truncated, if it’s a game that gets reduced to 30 overs or less, anything can happen.”


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