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Robin Uthappa predicts Ireland could upset Pakistan at 2024 T20 World Cup
By SMCS - Jun 2, 2024 8:00 am
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Former Indian batter Robin Uthappa predicted Ireland as a team that can beat Pakistan at the upcoming T20 World Cup in the West Indies and USA as well. Pakistan are part of Group A, which includes India, Ireland, USA, and Canada as well. Pakistan recently struggled in a 3-match T20I series against Ireland as well before eventually escaping with a 2-1 victory. Meanwhile, Pakistan continued their poor form by losing 2-0 in the following T20I series against England as well.

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In a preview of the T20 World Cup on Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube channel, Uthappa said: “It’s just that Pakistan have been one of those teams where, in a tournament, especially in an ICC tournament, they have always been upset by somebody. There is one of those games. See, their fielding has been particularly iffy at all times. we have seen it in the latest Asia Cup that even happened. I think, across time, in fact, Pakistan’s fielding has been very shady I that sense. So I think, one of those games will happen where they will not turn up. I feel a team like Ireland can certainly upset them.”

However, Pakistan did well in the previous two T20 World Cups with a final and semi-final appearance. Robin Uthappa further applauded Ireland skipper Paul Stirling as one of the most underrated white-ball batters as well. And, Ireland qualified for the Super 12s in the 2022 T20 World Cup as well.

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Pakistan team

“I think Stirling is someone who is quite underrated. Goes around the world playing league cricket and goes about his business in a very stellar fashion. I think he plays cricket very, very well. Just his approach to cricket is very good. Locan Tucker is also a solid bat. Wicket-keeper. Has consistently performed well. If you look at the batting order, I think it looks quite strong in itself,” said Uthappa.

“Their bowling attack is also pretty good. Josh Little leads the attack He’s been very impressive not just for Ireland but but even when he has come to India to play in the IPL. Plays leagues around the world. He is a quick customer. Unassuming, He seems like he is not very quick. But he is actually very quick. Bowls a very heavy ball,” concluded Robin Uthappa.