‘If the Indian team does not win this World Cup..’- Sunil Gavaskar makes a big statement ahead of the Ind vs Pak clash

India are placed in the Group 2 with arch-rivals Pakistan including Bangladesh and South Africa as the two other teams.

Sunil Gavaskar

Finally, the moment has arrived for the Indian cricket team to clear off their books with the arch-rivals for a humiliating defeat in last year’s 20-20 World Cup. Apart from that, the men in blue will also be eyeing on to end their 15-year-long trophy drought since their title win in the inaugural edition of the 20-20 World Cup in 2007.

Many former cricketers and the experts of the game are coming up with their analyses and opinions ahead of this blockbuster clash down under. Subsequently, former legendary Indian skipper, Sunil Gavaskar has come up with something different while analyzing the various factors for team India in the eighth edition of the 20-20 World Cup.

Not only have they gone to Australia almost three weeks before their first game – Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar feels that India is not lacking any sort of preparations ahead of the marquee tournament in Australia. He also mentioned the early arrival of team India in the Australian conditions.

“One thing for sure. If the Indian team does not win this T20 World Cup it won’t be for lack of preparation. Not only have they gone to Australia almost three weeks before their first game of the tournament, but they are also playing practice games against good sides that should get them ready for the tournament. The old saying, ‘if you fail to prepare then prepare to fail’ will not apply to this Indian team as, apart from these games in Australia, they also played six T20 matches at home and won four out of those to show that they are tuning in nicely for the big event,” reads Sunil Gavaskar’s column published in Mid-Day.

Later on, the former World Cup winner batter also talked about the recent fine performances of the Indian team while playing the bilateral series in the shortest format of the game. Notably, the Indian team is coming off two successive T20I series win against Australia and South Africa respectively.

“India’s performance in the white ball bilaterals has always been good, be it at home or overseas, but it’s in the multilateral events that they have been stumbling. In the past, it’s been because they have come cold into the event. But that isn’t the case this time around and that’s why, with a terrific blend of youth and experience, there’s optimism among Indian cricket fans that the Cup should be coming home. Yes, the other teams have also been playing practice games and that should hold them in good stead, but there’s a buzz about this Indian team despite the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja,” he added later.

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