God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar said India have proved they are way better than Pakistan in recent times with the dominant win over their arch-rivals in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 meeting in Manchester on Sunday.
The rivalry between India and Pakistan was talked up in the lead up to the big Old Trafford clash of World Cup 2019. Pakistan had never beaten India in a World Cup clash but the hype around Sunday’s match hit the roof.
Pakistan had won their last meeting in an ICC tournament before Sunday, the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017. However, India managed to extend their World Cup domination on Sunday, making it 7-0 at the biggest stage of world cricket.
The gulf in class between the two teams was visible as Virat Kohli’s men outplayed Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan in all three departments of the game. India posted 336 for 5 before restricting Pakistan to 212 and clinching an 89-run win in a rain-affected match at the Old Trafford.
Sachin Tendulkar told, “India are certainly way better than Pakistan. Almost everyone would say that. That is looking at the numbers also. How convincingly we have been able to beat them. It’s there for everyone to see.”
Sachin Tendulkar said Pakistan fell behind when they failed to take early wickets on Sunday. Rohit Sharma and his new opening partner in KL Rahul added 136 runs for the opening stand, the most by an Indian duo against Pakistan in a World Cup match. Sachin added, “I have always said this, if you don’t pick up early wickets vs India, we are going to invariably be scoring 325 plus. We have the firepower to hurt opposition if we lay a solid foundation and don’t lose wickets upfront. We will do it 8 out of 10 times. And the kind of depth, we have. Today, after that start, Virat came and that partnership was critical. Hardik came and he played some shots.”
“All these small, small contributions matter. At the end, if you look at the total, it was a mammoth total.
“Trust me, because of the rain, India lost a little bit of momentum at the end. Otherwise, we would have scored about 15 runs more.”
‘India are a top team, must take the foot off the pedal only after July 14’
Sachin Tendulkar, meanwhile, opined that India are the best team at World Cup 2019 and that the clash against hosts and pre-tournament favourites England on June 30 is the one to look forward to.
However, the batting great insisted that India won’t be complacent even after their commanding win over Pakistan.
Sachin Tendulkar said “India is the best team in the tournament. India and England is going to be a big game. England is a well-balanced team and they bat deep. But the way India is playing right now they are a top team.”
He added, “The way we have played vs Pakistan, it’s a fantastic result. India has played really well and covered all the aspects. If we continue doing this then good things will happen to us.
“You could still say one step at a time rather than saying we have one foot in the semi-final. The dressing room also would not be thinking ‘now we are almost in the semis, let’s take it easy’. You don’t want to take the foot off the pedal. You can take your foot off the pedal only on the 14th of July.”