India v Pakistan: Because the two teams no longer play bilateral series, their battles in ICC events become even more significant, especially for the fans.
The India-Pakistan match in international cricket is perhaps one of the most important games in the sport. Only those who have witnessed the intensity of this match can really understand how intense it was on the field. And no one knows that better than great India all-rounder Kapil Dev, who put additional insight on the arch-rivals' importance ahead of their 2021 T20 World Cup match.
Kapil Dev spoke about his achievements in the Indo-Pak matches during an appearance on a sports news TV show. Since the two teams no longer play bilateral series, their battles in ICC events become even more significant, especially for the fans.
"It all depends on pressure and pleasure. If you are enjoying the game or are under pressure. If you take too much pressure, then you will not get the desired performances. The chances of winning the game increase for the team who believes in having fun while playing." Explained Kapil Dev.
Furthermore, he stated that if a young player does well in these games, he would attract a lot of attention.
"Players get recognition by doing well in IND-PAK matches. If a youngster comes out and performs well, then he gets global recognition. Whereas, if a senior player does not do well, then it can hurt his reputation," Kapil Dev added.
Team India commemorated their arrival in the UAE by defeating England in their first warm-up game on Monday, donning new uniforms for the event. Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, and Mohammed Shami guided the side to a seven-wicket victory with six balls to spare, chasing 189 in 20 overs.
The Virat Kohli-led Indian team will play another warm-up game against Australia on Wednesday, October 20 before facing Pakistan in their first Super 12 match at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday, October 24.
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