'We never give big statements'- Sehwag explains reason behind India's dominating record against Pakistan in ICC events

‘We never give big statements’- Sehwag explains reason behind India’s dominating record against Pakistan in ICC events

Sehwag feels India handles the pressure situation better than Pakistan.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)

Former India batter Virender Sehwag believes the key reason for the team having an upper hand over arch-rivals Pakistan is because they never give big statements whatsoever. The two teams are set to face each other on Sunday (October 24) in the T20 World Cup 2021. India so far has a perfect record against Pakistan when it comes to ICC events as they have managed to beat five times in the T20 World Cup history.

Sehwag also said the Indian team handles pressure situations well and gives importance to preparation rather than believing in giving statements. The cricketer-turned expert gave the bold statement to Pakistani news anchor’s remarks, “Pakistan tareekh badal denge”.

It is not only the T20 World Cups, but India have also managed to dominate Pakistan in the ODI World Cups, with a 7-0 record to their name. However, the latter managed to beat their India in Champions Trophy Final in 2017. That was just a one-off incident, and Sehwag feels the Indian players manage the tense moments a notch better than their Asian rivals.

“If I talk about the 2011 World Cup or the 2003 World Cup, we are under less pressure because our position remains better than Pakistan in the World Cup. So in my opinion, when we play with that attitude, we never give big statements. There are always some big statements from the Pakistani side like he [Pakistani news anchor] said at the starting of his show that

“We are going to change the date”. India never says such things because they go better prepared. And when you go better prepared, you already know what the result would be,” Sehwag said to ABP News.

Virender Sehwag feels Pakistan can defeat India in the T20 format

Speaking about the Pakistan side, they are not short of match-winners as they have the likes of Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi. The former India batter feels the format of T20 is unpredictable, and a single player can shift the momentum within a few balls. Sehwag feels Pakistan have got better chances to defeat India during the T20 format.

“If we talk about the current scenario and this format, then I think this is where Pakistan always has more chances because they might not play that well in the longer 50-over format. In this format, even one player can defeat any team. But still, Pakistan hasn’t been able to do that, we’ll see what happens on the 24th (October).”