Pakistan made people take notice of them, says ex-Indian bowler Ashish Nehra

Pakistan thrashed arch-rivals India in a 10-wicket win in the T20 World Cup

By Web Desk
October 25, 2021

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Former India left-arm pacer, Ashish Nehra stated that the Pakistan cricket team made people stand and take notice of them after hammering India in a 10-wicket win in the T20 World Cup Sunday.

The speedster believes that Pakistan are strong contenders to reach the semi-finals of the mega event.

"Those who weren’t already considering them favorites to reach the semi-finals were underestimating Pakistan. And you are talking about T20s. In their pool, there are three strong teams India, Pakistan, and New Zealand. But in the T20s, anyone can beat anyone. The manner in which Pakistan won, people will stand up and take notice," Ashish Nehra said while speaking on Cricbuzz.

Nehra praised Pakistan's performance and said that Pakistan played brilliant cricket against India.

When asked, Nehra said if Indian bowlers could have bowled better.

"No, not at all. The ball had also gotten a little wet because of the dew. And the way Pakistan started, it filled them with confidence and both of them batted very cleanly. I just remember one incident when Mohammad Rizwan played a sweep shot off Varun Chakravarthy and it went for a six that was the only shot where it felt like the batter has taken a risk. Other than that, they played risk-free batting. And with the dew factor and the pitch got better to bat on, they took full advantage of that. So you just have to praise the way Pakistan played today."

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan recorded their biggest-ever win in the shortest format of the game and that too against their arch-rivals India.

Pakistan are going to take on New Zealand in their second match of the T20 World Cup on Tuesday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.