Champions Trophy win for India could be stepping stone for 2019 World Cup: Shaun Tait to India Today

first_imgThe ICC Champions Trophy India-Pakistan round robin match failed to live up to the hype and the mother of all battles finished in an anti-climax with India outperforming their arch rivals.But as fate would have it, Pakistan have lifted themselves from there to have another go at India in what can be called without exaggeration, the mother of all finals.Former Australian fast bowler and ESPNcricinfo analyst Shaun Tait previews the India-Pakistan finale for India Today.Q. Being an Australian you know what the Ashes rivalry is like Shaun. Looking at the buzz around this game, what do you make of the India-Pakistan rivalry and their face off in the final?A. England and Australia’s Ashes rivalry is old and traditional. India and Pakistan have their own history and this has become huge as well. This has now become the biggest match and it’s special that they will face in the final.As far as the promoters go and from the marketing point of view, it’s a dream come true for world cricket. We expected India to be there as they were one of the tournament favourites but Pakistan have surprised a lot of people.Q. The way India have played, do you think they have all the bases covered?A. Yes. India have all bases covered. They went with the strategy to drop Umesh Yadav and that worked. Their batting is the strongest in the world. It’s safe to say they have the edge. They will be happy going into the final as firm favourites.advertisementQ. Will the fact that India gave Pakistan a hiding in the opener, weigh on Pakistan’s mind?A. Yes, it will be on the back of Pakistan’s mind a little bit. But since the first game, Pakistan have played well. No doubt they are a better side than what they were couple of weeks ago in the first game.Q. What is Pakistan’s best chance to put India on the back foot?A. Their bowling attack is their strength. Hasan Ali has been their best bowler in the tournament. He will have to stand up and get the big scalps like Rohit and Virat. Their bowling attack is their best hope.Q. This will be Virat’s first chance to win an ICC tournament as captain. He will be motivated to win this one as captain.A. No doubt. He is a superstar player and a young captain looking for his first silverware. He will be around in the next World Cup as well. This could be a stepping stone for the 2019 World Cup. A win will boost his captainship for future as well.last_img read more