Former India opener Gautam Gambhir recalled how excited he was when he first played against Pakistan and urges the senior players in the team to keep the youngsters calm ahead of the high-octane contest.
India have been drawn with Pakistan in Group 2 of the ICC T20 World Cup. With bilateral ties between the two countries cut-off, ICC tournaments and to a certain extent Asia Cups are the only ways the two neighbours can face each other.
"When I played my first international game against Pakistan, I was probably much more excited and nervous as compared to some of the guys who've played a lot of cricket against Pakistan," Gambhir said while recalling his first game against Pakistan on the Star Sports show 'ICC T20 World Cup Special'.
"So, it is the responsibility of the senior guys to probably keep the younger guys calm; because ultimately, it's not the emotion that will win you a game of cricket, it is the contest between the bat and the ball that will end up winning you a game of cricket. So, people like Virat Kohli for example, or Rohit Sharma will have a huge responsibility when Indian takes on Pakistan," he added.
India and Pakistan last met in Manchester during the 2019 World Cup, which India won convincingly. Pakistan have not beaten India in neither the 50-over World Cup nor the T20 World Cup.
In the T20 World Cup, India and Pakistan have faced off on five occasions, with the former emerging victorious on all five occasions, including the final in the inaugural edition in 2007. The T20 World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by Oman and UAE this time, will begin from October 17 and go on till November 14.