December 2, 2021
ICC T20 World Cup 2021


India and Pakistan will take on each other on October 24 to kick off their T20 world cup campaign. Having drawn in the same group of Super 12 alongside New Zealand and Afghanistan, Babar Azam-led Pakistan will face their old nemesis after five years in the T20 world cup. Steel yourself as the archrivals gear up for an intense clash in Dubai. Watch India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup live streaming on YuppTV and enjoy the epic encounter.

YuppTV is the world’s leading OTT platform for South-Asian content and bagged exclusive broadcasting rights for the T20 World Cup 2021. India vs Pakistan generates high pressure, and history testifies that those who deliver under pressure on the big stage will become legends of the game. India managed to find pleasure in pressure, for which the side enjoys a 5-0 supremacy over the neighbours. The expectations are more than before. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who will be leading the side for one last time in the T20s, reckons the need of staying calm. “I have just approached this game as another game of cricket, and I know there is a lot of hype around this game, more so with ticket sales and demands of tickets. Yes, the environment you can say is different from outside and from fans’ point of view, definitely more excitement in the air but from a players’ point of view, we try to stay as professional as we can and always approach the game in the most normal way possible,” said the Indian captain, who enjoys an unbeaten record against Pakistan.

Pakistan ex-skipper, Afridi emphasised keeping calm and sticking to the basics. Afridi has played enough cricket for Pakistan and against India. “See, India vs Pakistan is always a high-pressure game. And whichever team handles pressure better will win. Also, whichever teams make the smallest of mistakes has a better chance of winning,” said Afridi, the explosive allrounder.

Indian players basked the second phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE just before the commencement of the T20 world cup. Most of the Indian players not only had a good practice but were also well informed about the conditions. Pakistan former player Azhar Mahmood feels that IPL will indeed give India an edge over Pakistan. “India-Pakistan games are always special when it comes to the hype and the pressure on players, and this applies to the game in this T20 World Cup as well. But realistically speaking, India does have an advantage going into this game as their players have been participating in the IPL, which was played in the same venues in the UAE. So apart from playing highly competitive cricket, they also will have a good understanding of the playing conditions in the UAE,” said Azhar Mahmood. At the same time, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam feels that their understanding of UAE pitches will work in their favour. “We have played a lot of cricket in UAE, and we are very familiar with the conditions there. The plan is to keep things very simple in all three departments against India as conditions will always suit us more against India,” Babar Azam said.

The BCCI has appointed former world cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a mentor to the Indian side. Having a code like Dhoni in the dressing room will undoubtedly help Virat’s team stay calm and handle the situation. Pakistan former skipper Younis Khan is in all praise of BCCI decision to have Dhoni as a mentor will be a massive plus for the Indian side. “When you have a player like MS Dhoni in the dressing room, as an opponent, you always dread that. Even before in our games, Dhoni has been a big factor, he can calm the environment, and in a high-pressure game, that is a huge bonus. Dhoni has won many titles, and as a mentor, he will be a huge plus for India in the World Cup,” Younis said.

India upholds a triumphant record against Pakistan in World Cup matches. India won all the five games they encountered Pakistan in T20 World cup history. Will India extend the lead to 6-0, or will Pakistan try to end India’s winning streak? Watch India vs Pakistan live on YuppTV and catch all the excitement.