Pressure and anticipation are building as the much-awaited India vs Pakistan World Cup match has been rescheduled to 14 October and will take place at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Amidst the excitement surrounding the match, former cricket legend Kapil Dev recently shared his thoughts on the intense pressure that engulfs players during such high-stakes encounters.
In an interview with The Week, Kapil Dev shed light on the gravity of facing Pakistan in a World Cup contest. He humorously remarked, “What is pressure? Pressure doesn’t come when you’re facing the ball. It starts building up when your waiter gives you coffee and says, ‘Pakistan se nahi haarna’ (don’t lose to Pakistan).” Kapil Dev’s words eloquently capture the immense burden and expectations that are placed on the Indian team whenever they face their arch-rivals from across the border.
The intensity of the India vs Pakistan rivalry extends beyond the cricket field. Indian players have faced severe trolling and criticism in the past for any mistakes made during matches against Pakistan. The encounter transcends the boundaries of sport, becoming a matter of national pride and emotions for millions of fans in both countries.
When questioned about India’s chances of winning the ICC World Cup 2023, Kapil Dev expressed his belief that India has a chance, but the team needs to overcome significant hurdles. He emphasized the importance of factors like luck, avoiding injuries, and performing well as a cohesive unit. Kapil Dev stressed that the team’s primary aim should be to secure a place in the top four to progress in the tournament.
Reflecting on India’s recent performances, Kapil Dev acknowledged that the team has confidence, but he also noted a potential downside. He observed that sometimes players may develop a sense of overconfidence, thinking they know everything and dismissing the need to seek advice or guidance.
Kapil Dev is not the only veteran questioning Team India’s decisions. Sunil Gavaskar, another cricket stalwart, has been vocal about certain selections made by the Indian cricket management, including the inclusion of senior players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in matches against relatively weaker teams like West Indies. In a recent India vs West Indies series, India faced a defeat when Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were not part of the playing XI, and the reins were handed over to Hardik Pandya.
With such opinions and debates surfacing from cricket legends, the spotlight remains on Team India as they prepare for the ultimate challenge against Pakistan. As the match draws near, fans from both nations eagerly await a gripping encounter that promises to be more than just a game of cricket.