Don't think Pakistan will be a big challenge for India, says Ajit Agarkar
Recalling India's historic triumph at the 2007 T20 World Cup, former Indian speed bowler Ajit Agarkar said young people never believed they could achieve something so extraordinary.
MS Dhoni led India to historic triumph at the 2007 T20 World Cup, where the Asian giants beat their big rival Pakistan in a thrilling final. India overcame the disappointment of the 2007 World Cup debacle and fought with a young team to win the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup, which has become one of the most successful cricket tournaments. successful in the world.
Ajit Agarkar was one of the few high-ranking members of the party as Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, among others, decided to miss the T20 World Cup. Agarkar played 3 matches but made crucial contributions including a 9-ball 14 against Pakistan in the group stage.
Stressing that matches between India and Pakistan always stir emotions among players from both countries, Agarkar said it is important that India does not take Pakistan lightly when the two teams meet in the match. next T20 world championship.
India will begin its campaign against Pakistan mainly on October 24 in Dubai.
"The entire tournament (2007 T20 World Cup) was a dream tour for us. We never thought a bunch of youngsters could achieve such a feat, that too against Pakistan," Agarkar said while speaking on Star Sports show 'Class of 2007'.
"I think the India-Pakistan rivalry always brings a tidal wave of emotions and is one the most anticipated clashes in the World Cup.
"The stakes are always high when India and Pakistan play together but going by Team India's current form and taking the stats into consideration, I don't think Pakistan will pose that much of a challenge.
"Having said that, I don't think we should take our neighbours lightly because cricket is a funny game, and things can change at any moment, especially in the T20 format," he added.
Virat Kohli will lead India in the 7th edition of the T20 World Cup while the skipper, who will step down as captain of the T20I after the World Cup, is aiming for his first ICC trophy. MS Dhoni, who led the Chennai Super Kings to their 4th IPL title in 2021, will join the team as a mentor
Sources:- India today
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