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Ireland Eyes Upset Against Pakistan at T20 World Cup: Robin Uthappa’s Bold Prediction
By CricShots - May 31, 2024 12:32 pm
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Cricket fans, get ready for a potential shocker! In a recent episode of Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube show “T20 WC Curtain Raiser: Associate Players Watch,” former Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa made a bold prediction: Ireland will pull off a major upset by defeating Pakistan at the 2024 T20 World Cup. Ashwin, known for his astute cricketing mind, set the stage for the surprising answer. He pointed out that Ireland finds themselves in a group alongside heavyweights India, Pakistan, Canada, and USA.

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Pakistan team

When Ashwin prodded Uthappa about a potential upset brewing, Robin Uthappa didn’t hesitate. “Pakistan,” he declared, revealing his pick in less than a heartbeat.

This prediction holds weight considering Ireland’s history against Pakistan. As Ashwin himself highlighted, Ireland boasts “very happy memories” against their upcoming opponents, especially in the Caribbean Islands. Interestingly, the upcoming World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States and the Caribbean Islands, potentially giving Ireland a familiar feel on foreign soil.

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But who exactly will be the architects of this potential upset? Uthappa identified a few key players who could make it happen. He pinpointed the Irish opening pair of Paul Stirling and Gareth Mooney.

“High-quality players,” Robin Uthappa emphasized, praising Stirling’s often-underestimated talent. He lauded Stirling’s consistent performances in various leagues around the world, highlighting his “stellar” approach to the game. Uthappa also mentioned Locan Tucker, the dependable wicket-keeper batsman known for his consistent displays.

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Pakistan suffered a loss to Ireland in a T20I

Uthappa went on to acknowledge the strength of Ireland’s bowling attack. He singled out Josh Little as the spearhead, impressed not just by his performance for Ireland but also during his IPL stints. Little’s deceptive pace and heavy ball were highlighted as key assets. Curtis Campher, another impactful performer for Ireland, received a nod from Uthappa, along with Mark Adair who has also made his mark in recent times.

Adding a touch of intrigue, Ravindra Ashwin pointed out a peculiar trend: “Whenever Ireland has sprung a major upset at the World Cup, the team they defeated went on to win the entire tournament. He playfully prodded Uthappa, hinting at a similar destiny for Pakistan.”

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Uthappa, however, offered a more nuanced explanation. He pointed out Pakistan’s vulnerability in ICC tournaments, where they have a history of succumbing to unexpected defeats. He emphasized their inconsistent fielding, particularly evident during the recent Asia Cup, as a potential chink in their armour.

“There is one of those games,” Robin Uthappa predicted, suggesting a scenario where Pakistan might have an off day. “A team like Ireland can certainly upset them,” he concluded, firmly backing his prediction.

Whether Uthappa’s prediction comes true remains to be seen. However, it certainly adds an exciting layer of anticipation to the upcoming clash between Ireland and Pakistan. With a strong batting lineup and a potent bowling attack, Ireland can’t be taken lightly. Pakistan, on the other hand, will need to be at their absolute best to avoid a potentially tournament-defining upset.