Monday, 18 October 2021

Irfan Pathan Opens up on India’s World Cup campaign

Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

MUMBAI: Former Indian bowling all-rounder Irfan Pathan has opened up on India’s campaign in the 2019 World Cup that ended in a semifinal loss to New Zealand. Pathan, who blamed an unsettled middle order for the team’s exit from last year’s World Cup, said India have all the resources but need to plan better going into the big-ticket ICC events.

The 35-year-old Pathan’s opinions come one day after Gautam Gambhir acknowledged the current Indian team’s inability to handle pressure in knockout games. India last won an ICC tournament in 2013, when they lifted the Champions Trophy under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Since then India have not clinched any ICC Trophy, making a semifinal exit from ODI World Cup, last year. “We need to make sure that we have better planning going into the ICC trophies, going into the World Cup. If we have better planning, we have all the resources to be a champion,” Pathan, a member of the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning Indian team, said on Star Sports show’ Cricket Connected’.

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