Iran Roy Burman, Kolkata: India-Pakistan high voltage match in T20 World Cup. All sports lovers are overcome with cricket fever on Super Sunday. Team India is looking forward to avenge the loss in the last World Cup. Just like that, the Pakistan team is desperate to repeat the Dubai performance in Melbourne. Jhulan Goswami, the former pacer of the Indian women’s team, gave an exclusive interview to News18 Bengal about which team is ahead in the 22-yard fight between the two arch-rival countries, which player can be the match winner and the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams.
Q- Which team is ahead in the India-Pakistan match?
Answer- India vs Pakistan match is never about leading or trailing. It all depends on who will perform well that day. However, the battle in Melbourne is going to be mainly Indian batsmen versus Pakistan bowlers. India’s strong batting lineup will be at the advantage.
Q- How much Shahin Afridi can be a factor in this match?
Answer- Shaheen took the wicket of Rohit-Rahul-Kohli with a fiery spell against India in the last T20 World Cup. Being a left-arm pacer, Afridi’s new-ball inwards swing can trouble any batsman in the world. But with all due respect to Afridi, there is no need to overcommit. The ball should be played on its merits. But not only Shaheen Afridi, there is Naseem Shah, Harris Raofra. All of whom are capable of bowling at 140 plus pace. They may also be factors. Pakistan’s bowling lineup is ahead of India’s.
Q- Who can be the main match winner of the Indian team?
Answer- Hardik Pandya can be the X factor of the Indian team. Hardik’s form since the IPL has been impeccable. Hardik is giving his best not only in batting but also in bowling. Balling at speeds above 140 kmph. Won Asia Cup against Pakistan by 4 wickets alone. How devastating Hardik is in batting cannot be overstated. Besides, Suryakumar Yadav can also become an important player.
Q- How can Melbourne’s wicket be in big matches?
Answer- Batting is always helpful in Melbourne wicket T20 cricket. But with showers likely, the pacers will also get some help if the sky is overcast. Hitting the spinners can also be a bit of a problem as the field is big. But the Indian team has more batters to hit big.
Q- How much factor can Mohammad Shami be in the India-Pak match?
Answer- The absence of Jasprit Bumrah is a big blow for the Indian team. However, Mohammed Shami’s return to the team has greatly increased the strength of the Indian team. The experience of playing in Australia and Shami’s pace-swing will give confidence to Team India.
Question: Rain is forecast in Melbourne. What can be the strategy of India if played in less overs?
Answer- No one has control over the rain. But if the game is played in fewer overs due to rain, then Team India will have to go for Plan B. In that case, India can go down with an extra batter. Rishabh Panth can have a place in the first eleven.