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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly speaks about Pakistan, predicts India-Pakistan outcome

Ganguly also said that Virat Kohli and team do not need to be too apprehensive of the threat as India have depth in their squad and will be very difficult to beat on the day.

cricket Updated: May 15, 2019 09:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has named Pakistan as one of the favourites in the upcoming World Cup citing their record in England and their performances in ICC tournaments over the years.

“Pakistan’s record in world tournaments in England is remarkable. They won the Champions Trophy two years ago, they won the 2009 World T20 in England.” (Complete coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)

He also cited the recent example of Pakistan’s second ODI against England, in which they almost chased down a mammoth 374 before going down by only 12 runs.

“Pakistan always play well in England. You see the last game in England. England got 374 and Pakistan just lost by 12 runs. They also beat England in England in Test matches there because of their bowling lineup,” he added.

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However, Ganguly also said that Virat Kohli and team do not need to be too apprehensive of the threat as India have depth in their squad and will be very difficult to beat on the day.

“I don’t believe in records. Both of them will have to play well on that particular day. India will be a very good side. They will be very hard to beat. Team which has the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan can’t be weak,” he said.

Asked to compare this team with that of his team of 2003 that lost to Australia in the final, Ganguly said: “Both the teams are of different generations. We played the final in 2003. I hope they play the final and win it.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: May 15, 2019 09:14 IST