T20 World Cup 2022: The star-studded Indian team will kick off their campaign in the all-important T20 World Cup 2022 with a much-anticipated encounter against Babar Azam-led Pakistan. The clash between arch-rivals will occur at the renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.
Marquee Asian teams faced each other twice in the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2022. Rohit Sharma’s India was victorious on the first occasion, while the Men In Green managed to make a strong comeback on the other one. Both the prominent sides will equally fancy their chances of registering a victory this time around with a lot of things at stake.
When it comes to Shaheen Afridi, don’t look to survive: Gautam Gambhir
Meanwhile, former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has come up with some suggestions for Indian batters in order to face premier Pakistan bowler Shaheen Afridi. Gambhir has advised the Indian top order to bat aggressively against Afridi while speaking on Star Sports’ build-up show.
Shaheen Afridi played a major role in Pakistan achieving a dominant triumph over India in the last T20 World Cup (2021). The left-arm pacer was named ‘Player of the Match’ in the particular game for contributing with three crucial wickets of senior Indian batters, namely Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli.
“When it comes to Shaheen Afridi, don’t look to survive. Look to score runs. Because the moment you look to survive, everything becomes really small. Whether it’s your backlift, whether it’s your footwork, and obviously, in T20 cricket you can’t look to survive.” said Gambhir
“I know that he can be dangerous with the new ball, but again, irrespective, the Indian batters need to score more runs, get into better positions, and look to time the balls rather than to hit it. India will be fine because India has got the quality in their top 3 or 4 who can definitely take on Shaheen Shah Afridi.” he further added.