Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy feels that every team will have to go through India if they want to prowess ahead in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
India will face arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24. India will have Afghanistan, New Zealand, and two qualifiers from Round 1 to contend with in Group 2 whereas while Group 1 comprises England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, and two qualifiers from Round 1.
“India is the team to beat. We have heard Dinesh Karthik talk about it — the experience, their T20 players come into the international cricket with, whether it is from India’s domestic T20 cricket or the IPL, you see all the countries go there and get the experience,” said Sammy on Star Sports show Game Plan.
“Apart from the World Cup, I think this is if not, the most pressure situation (tournament), where the players will be under and India has that formula. In 2016, when we left our homes, me, the coach, and all the guys said — in order to win this tournament, you will have to go through India. Whatever stage it is, you will have to go through India, whether it is the final, the semi-final,” he added.
Though T20 World Cup 2021 has been shifted to the UAE, Darren Sammy feels that India still has an upper hand since hosts players will get used to UAE’s conditions as they will feature in the IPL 2021 before heading into the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
“Yes, it (the tournament) has shifted to the UAE, but don’t forget, before that, all the Indian players would have completed the IPL and got used to these conditions,” said Sammy.
“It is not surprising to me that the Indian cricket board chose this place, at this time, to complete the IPL and it will also benefit the other teams. But you will have to go through India in any tournament.
“As you have seen in the last few ICC tournaments, whether it is the Test Championship or ODI, you will have to go through India in order to win,” he added.
The ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will commence from October 17 in the UAE & Oman & the final will be played in Dubai on November 14.
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