Gautam Gambhir, a former Side India batsman, believes that no team should take Pakistan lightly in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman between October 18 and November 14, 2021.
Pakistan, according to Gambhir, is a dangerous and unpredictable squad, and the shortest format of the game offers any team little to no time to fix mistakes.
“They’re a dangerous side! They have always been a dangerous side; They have always been a very unpredictable side, and that is why Pakistan Cricket is what Pakistan Cricket is. They can go on to beat anyone and lose to anyone. That is how they’ve always played their cricket. It is not just now, it’s been there for years and years, and they’ve got some quality players,” he said, according to reports on Hindustan Times.
Pakistan, according to the southpaw, has nothing to lose and that every team should be afraid of them because of the players on their present roster.
“You’ve got people like Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi – who can swing the ball at 140 and is left armed; he is tall, he gets that bounce. They’ve got some raw pacers as well, they’ve got Haris Rauf, who can bowl 140-145, so you can never underestimate, plus this is that kind of a tournament.
“T20 format is such where you got no time to make a comeback. So, you have to be on your toes, and when you’ve got quality players on the other side, you can’t take them lightly, and they have nothing to lose.”
However, he ruled out any possibility of India being put under duress, citing the team’s illustrious record in major competitions against their arch-rivals.
Gambhir dismissed India’s pressure as “media-created” and claimed that the current Indian side, captained by Virat Kohli, is far superior to the Pakistani team.