Former Indian batter Robin Uthappa said that the much-awaited Pakistan clash ended up being an easy win for Team India. The Indian team dominated their arch-rivals and registered a seven-wicket win with almost 20 overs in hand as well. In front of a packed house at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India restricted Pakistan to a mere 191 after a middle and late-order collapse. They then completed the statement win with captain Rohit Sharma smashing the Pakistan bowlers mercilessly for 86 off 63 deliveries in the run chase as well.
Speaking to India Today post-game, Uthappa said, “I’d say it was a walk in the park. It was an easy win for India. Just the way Rohit and Shubman started the innings for India, they just dictated terms. It was incredible to watch Rohit bat. He is such a difficult player to stop when he is in good form and it was just the kind of start that India wanted. Shreyas Iyer batted well, Virat Kohli as well. Just all the boxes ticked and a convincing win, which takes India to a very formidable position in the points table right now which is good for India.”
With the win, Team India maintained their winning streak against Pakistan in ODI World Cup meetings, winning their eighth consecutive in as many games as well. However, Robin Uthappa further added that wins were the primary goal for Team India rather than maintaining a high net run rate in a tournament like the World Cup as well.
“Ideally you would want to get to the back-end of the tournament just based on the points total itself. So stacking up the points is more important than net run-rate. The way Rohit played it showed that India has also got the net run-rate covered in this game. We covered the net run-rate and also gave the players the opportunity to get some match practice,” Robin Uthappa concluded.