Swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant feels there is a different kind of feeling and ambience when players take the field during an India-Pakistan clash, which is all set to happen during Men’s T20 World Cup at Melbourne on Sunday.
With the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) all set to host the marquee clash where both teams will kickstart their respective Super 12 campaign, the India-Pakistan face-off is expected to draw a full house of close to 100,000 spectators.
India, led by opener Rohit Sharma, will be aiming to get their campaign off to a winning start after losing by ten wickets to the same opposition in their 2021 T20 World Cup opening match.
“It’s always special playing against Pakistan because there is a special hype around that match as always. There are so many emotions involved, not only for us, but the fans and everyone.”
“It’s a different kind of feeling, a different kind of ambience when you go on to the field and when you take on the field, you see people cheering here and there. It’s a different atmosphere and when we were singing our national anthem, I actually get goosebumps,” Pant was quoted as saying by t20worldcup.com.
Pant had his first taste of facing Pakistan in a world event when he shared a 53-run partnership with then-skipper Virat Kohli and made a quickfire 39 though Pakistan opener Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down 151/7 without losing a single wicket.
Recalling that match in Dubai, Pant said, “I fondly remember that I smacked Hasan Ali for two sixes in the same over. We were just trying to get the run rate up because we lost early wickets and we staged a partnership — me and Virat. We were increasing the run rate and I smacked him for two sixes with one hand…my special shot.”
Pant signed off by hoping he gets the chance to bat alongside Kohli at the MCG on Sunday though veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik is the frontrunner for the lone keeper’s spot.
“He (Kohli) can actually teach you how to go through situations, which might help you in your cricket journey going forward, so it is nice batting with him as always. It’s good to have someone with a lot of experience batting with you because he can take you through how to take the game on and how to maintain that run-a-ball pressure kind of thing.”
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With the Brazilian and Argentinian players lining up for national anthems, the camera turned towards the stands as a section of rival fans exchanged blows. The local police officials could be seen beating up a section of Argentinian fans with batons and it did not go well with the tourists. By pointing at the violent scenes, Messi and co. decided to walk off the pitch.
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Pakistan cricket fans were left ruing their luck at the toss as it fell in England’s favour at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. With Jos Buttler winning the toss marking the end of Pakistan’s campaign at the showpiece event, netizens have relentlessly trolled Babar Azam and his men for losing the contest at the toss.
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As things stand, the target for Pakistan will get bigger and the overs will keep diminishing. Pakistan fans were already irked as Babar was excluded among the list of captains during the light show at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday. It’s worth noting that Pakistan haven’t qualified for the 50-over World Cup semi-finals since the 2011 edition.
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The ODI World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia will be shifted to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if Pakistan qualify for the knockouts, sources in the International Cricket Council confirmed to the Free Press Journal on Thursday.
If Pakistan manage to reach the semis then they will face arch-rivals India once again in this tournament. In that case, the semi-final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 15.
But if Pakistan don’t reach the semis then India will face either New Zealand or Afghanistan in Mumbai and South Africa will take on Australia in Kolkata as per the original schedule.India are scheduled to play their semifinal match in Mumbai only if they don’t face Pakistan. The Men in Green have refused to play in Mumbai due to security reasons.
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But Pakistan’s qualification depends on the result of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka which is being played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
If New Zealand manage to beat Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin then Pakistan’s qualification will take a hit even if they defeat England in their last league game. A loss against the defending champions in Kolkata on November 11 will automatically knockout Pakistan from the race for the semis.
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