India’s pursuit of an ICC Trophy win since 2013 encountered a setback with their recent loss to Australia in the ODI World Cup final. As cricket enthusiasts gear up for the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup slated in the West Indies and the USA, former cricket stars Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, both pivotal members of India’s 2007 T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup-winning squads, engaged in a thought-provoking discussion about India’s prospects in the impending tournament.
Addressing the question of India’s potential threats in the T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh highlighted South Africa’s progress and emphasized Pakistan as a formidable contender. He also pointed out the challenges facing Pakistan, noting their fielding as one of the weakest links in international cricket.
Gautam Gambhir echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing Pakistan’s need to drastically improve their fielding standards to compete effectively in the T20 format. He remarked, “See Pakistan, their fielding is, I saw in the 50-over World Cup, probably the worst in international cricket. They will have to literally pull their socks up if they really want to compete in the T20 format.”
Gambhir also drew attention to India’s consistent presence in finals, drawing a comparison with Pakistan’s track record. He highlighted India’s frequent appearances in finals over the last five or six years, underlining that Pakistan has not achieved a similar level of success. Gambhir expressed hope that India, being a step away from the trophy, might secure it in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Switching focus, Gambhir expressed anticipation regarding the future inclusion of player Sanju Samson in the Indian team following his century in Paarl. Gambhir acknowledged Samson’s notable talent and highlighted the sporadic opportunities he received in the national squad. Despite Samson’s remarkable average of over 50 in ODIs, his intermittent presence in the team has restricted his ability to capitalize on these chances. Gambhir expressed optimism about Samson’s recent century, believing it might mark a turning point in his international career, compelling selectors to consider him more consistently.
Gambhir’s insights and analysis, coupled with Yuvraj Singh’s perspective, shed light on the intricacies of teams’ strengths and weaknesses ahead of the anticipated T20 World Cup.