Former Pakistan cricketer Umar Gul is opening up about the national team’s fixtures against India and New Zealand in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Pakistan’s high-octane clash with India already had millions waiting in anticipation but after the Black Caps abandoned their Pakistan tour last minute in September, many Pakistani cricket fans are looking forward to the clash against the Kiwis as well.
During an interview with Cricket Pakistan, the former seamer said the team should refrain from carrying extra pressure during their clashes against India and New Zealand.
"The players shouldn't take any extra pressure. At the end of the day, it's a game of cricket and wins and losses are a part of it,” he said.
“The best way is to flame a wave of anger within themselves, given how New Zealand cancelled the series and did it without sharing the threats received. Obviously, they will want to perform well against India and New Zealand in the World Cup,” he shared.
“But I would suggest to forget all this and focus on their performances as all the World Cup games are important. You cannot relax against any team in a World Cup event,” he added.
He further said the match against India is where the stakes are going through the roof.
"The senior cricketers face the most pressure when playing against India. When I was in the team, the pressure was on players like me because the public wanted a win against India by hook or crook,” he said.
“There is extra pressure on those cases, but the suggestion is those who can control their nerves without taking unnecessary load are often successful. India's clash is a high-voltage one; hence, I suggest that 2-3 days before the game, players must avoid and unfollow social media,” he added.