India’s six-wicket win over Pakistan in World T20 on Saturday once again raised a longstanding question – Can the Men in Blue be ever beaten by their arch-rivals in World Cups? (Virat Kohli Fifty Helps India Make it 5-0 vs Pakistan in World T20s)
After Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 55 took India to a scintillating win in Kolkata, India’s undefeated run against Pakistan in World Cups got extended to 11 matches. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara told NDTV that Pakistan were always trumped by India because the former was always under chaos. (World T20: Virat Kohli Dedicates Fifty vs Pakistan to Sachin Tendulkar; Thank You, Says Master Blaster)
“India always play a big tournament in a very settled manner. They trust their players and are always consistent in their selection. They always approach a game with a sense of confidence in their abilities and the selection they have made,” Sangakkara said. (Highlights)
“When it comes to Pakistan, they come to tournaments unsettled, with a lot of controversy and lots of doubts over selection. There seems to be lot of talk even within the team and around the team, even by the management. (Points table)
“When it comes to crucial rivalry and the stakes are high, India seems to control their emotion and execute their game-plan. Whenever Pakistan play India, the former seems to be rattled. India always seem to be the more mature mature side in World Cups than Pakistan, no matter how many senior players are there in their squad.”
Gavaskar said Pakistan seemed to crumbled under the pressure of the big occasion on Saturday.
“India played lot better than Pakistan. The sort of froze on Saturday. Their openers could not give Pakistan a great start. Agreed the pitch was tough but they weren’t even taking singles. If Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal wouldn’t have scored, their total wouldn’t have touched three-figure mark too,” Gavaskar said.
“In crucial moments in World Cups, India always gives little bit extra, which Pakistan doesn’t.”