Following India’s crushing victory over Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2023, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir made a highly significant statement. He claimed that because there is such a large gap between the two bitter rival teams, a series between them would not be competitive.
Gautam Gambhir made his remarks at the Star Sports conversation. In the ICC World Cup 2023, he hailed India’s victory against Pakistan as “hammering along with domination” and mentioned how the Men in Blue had been dominating them for the past few years.
The way Pakistan played against India in the ICC World Cup 2023 left Gautam Gambhir unimpressed. He claimed that the manner Men in Green were playing was detrimental to cricket on the subcontinent. He clarified:
“Pumping along side dominance. You hardly ever use this word, and only when you are playing Pakistan. Pakistan used to pummel India like way for a long time, if you look at the results. But during the past few years, India has taken the lead.
“Cricket on the subcontinent suffers from this. It was always our belief that an India-Pakistan series would be competitive. The disparity between the two teams is so great that an India-Pakistan series will not be competitive at all.
In their match for the ICC World Cup 2023, India easily defeated Pakistan. Thanks to an outstanding bowling effort, they dismissed Men in Green for a mere 191 runs. In the chase, Shreyas Iyer produced an undefeated 53 runs to lead his team home, while Rohit Sharma sent their pacers to the cleaners with a devastating 86 runs.
India’s World Cup winning streak versus Pakistan continued. In the 50-over competition, they have never lost to them. They had thumped them eight times before. Political issues have prevented the two sides from playing each other in a series since they last played each other in a bilateral series in 2013.
IND vs. BAN: Having Gautam Gambhir on the team with Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah is an enormous luxury.
Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah were two of the key players in the team’s victory over Pakistan. Together, they claimed two wickets, assisting the side in reducing the opposition to a meager total.
Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah in the team is a luxury for any skipper, Gautam Gambhir pointed out. He also made a comparison between Shaheen Afridi and the Indian pacer’s performance. He continued, saying:
“It is an enormous luxury for any captain to have Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.” You get 20 overs from bowlers who can deliver you wickets at any point out of 50 overs. You made a comparison between Shaheen Shah Afridi and Jasprit Bumrah. In his opening spell, Jasprit Bumrah bowled under the sun till 2:00 PM, and in his first four overs, he barely scored any runs.
The next game to watch will be India’s match against Bangladesh on Thursday, October 19. The next match will be between Pakistan and Australia on Friday, October 20, in Bengaluru.