Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir feels skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will have a huge responsibility when India take on Pakistan in the T20 World Cup later this year.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups for the Men's T20 World Cup 2021 to be hosted by the BCCI in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 17 to November 14. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have been placed in Group 2 of the Super 12s.
"When I played my first international game against Pakistan I was probably much more excited and nervous as compared to some of the guys who have played a lot of cricket against Pakistan. So, it is the responsibility of the senior guys to probably keep the younger guys calm," Gambhir said on Star Sports show ICC T20 World Cup Special
"Because ultimately it is not the emotion that will win you a game of cricket, it is the contest between the bat and the ball that will end up winning you a game of cricket. So people like Virat Kohli for example, or Rohit Sharma will have a huge responsibility when India take on Pakistan," he added.
Former India batsman Robin Uthappa highlighted the significance of an India-Pakistan clash during a World Cup
"It just brings out so many emotions, expectations and people always look forward to it. I think, any cricketer who has played in the past or anyone who looks to play for India is always looking forward to an India-Pakistan game," said Uthappa.
"Because it brings out a lot of emotions -- at least for the people who watch the game, more than the people playing it," he added.
Gambhir said India should get rid of its obsession with wins at 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup.
"It was special (being a part of the 2007 T20 World Cup squad), but I have forgotten about it," said the Delhi batsman, who had scored a match-winning 97 against Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final.
"To be honest, India needs to move on from that. 2007, it's what, more than 13 years ago and I think we need to get rid of this obsession of 2007 and 2011."