‘Patake Toh Challenge’: Suresh Raina backs India to beat Pakistan in T20 WC


Former India player Suresh Raina thinks the Men in Blue led by Rohit Sharma will do well in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. India will take on Pakistan on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Suresh Raina spoke to Times Now and said, ‘Patake toh challenge. Delhi mein bohot chalega. Poor India my challenge. Pakistan did very well in the last World Cup against us. and credit goes to Babar. India must have a focused and fearless approach, because that’s what we did in the past, that’s why I did that in the past. It’s not a normal game, I’ve played it before and there will be a lot of pressure on the guys, but I think we’ve got the upper hand.”

“The pressure comes from your family, friends and fans. We have to respect this sport. Anyone can win, it’s a 50-50 game. Rohit Sharma has that extra advantage, he’s a smarter captain. Virat Kohli has a good contact and it must go on. On October 23, everything will fall into place. After that it will be Diwali; we will see them,” Raina added.

The former southpaw also spoke about Hardik Pandya, stating: “Hardik Pandya will be crucial as he will be bowling in the power play and hitting like MS Dhoni. He will be the game-changer in the middle order, but we have to shoot from above and someone has to bat the first 15 overs.”

According to Raina, teams such as India, Australia and England will reach the semi-finals.

India squad for ICC World Cup T20: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.



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