ICC Champions Trophy: India’s win over Pakistan was expected - Sunil Gavaskar
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ICC Champions Trophy: India’s win over Pakistan was expected - Sunil Gavaskar

It was a brilliant all-round performance by the Indian cricket team as they defeated Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L) in their ICC Champions Trophy opener.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 06, 2017 10:12 IST
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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli congratulates teammate Yuvraj Singh for scoring fifty runs during the ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan.(AP)

The Indian cricket team started their ICC Champions Trophy defence with an emphatic win over Pakistan that thrilled both fans and experts alike. Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar in particular was full of praise for India’s performance against Pakistan, echoing captain Virat Kohli’s stance that it was an all-round performance. In fact, he felt that India’s convincing win was actually to be expected. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Speaking to NDTV, he described the encounter as a “damp squid” before adding “But that was in a way to be expected. Because Pakistan (are) short on experience, and short on class as far as their batting is concerned. Their bowling’s been okay, but as far as the batting is concerned… there is a lot of room for improvement.”

He was also quick to talk about the huge gap between the teams right now. “You can see it, the way India is beating them easily. They’re winning by comfortable margins and are hardly pressed. It certainly shows that there’s a big, big gap between India’s cricket and Pakistan’s cricket.”

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Gavaskar was happy with how openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan went about with their business, something that was key to India winning the previous edition of the tournament.

“They had a hard first half a dozen overs when they were watchful and it was needed to be watchful because the ball was doing something. But I think the fruits of the patience was seen towards the end when they started to open out and score pretty freely.”

The Indian batting legend did also have good things to say about skipper Kohli but heaped more praise on comeback man Yuvraj Singh. “Look at the way he took the pressure off Virat Kohli. When he came in to bat, Virat was already at the crease for a while. But Yuvraj almost went past him with his batting, with the kind of shots that he played. And that actually freed up Virat to be able to play the shots we all know he’s capable of.”

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He did have one small criticism, noting that the fielding was “good in patches but generally could do with improvement”. But he ended the interview on a positive note by complimenting the bowling attack, saying that it’s good that India can now actually field four quality fast bowlers.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 14:52 IST