Roger Binny, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed that he considers India as favorites in their upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 match on Sunday, October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. India was unbeaten against Pakistan in the World Cups till 2019. However, the Men in Green, led by Babar Azam, opened their account after beating India by 10 wickets last year at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in 2021.
However, Roger Binny, who was a part of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning squad, reckoned that India would go into the upcoming match as a favorite.
During a recent interview with India Today, the BCCI president said, “India doesn’t have the underdog tag anymore. Now they are favorites in every game they go into. And T20 is how you play in that moment. I don’t think the toss will play as big a part as it did in Dubai and previous T20 matches. The pitches are going to be good and I think it’s going to be a great game to watch and I am looking forward to it.”
Roger Binny, who replaced Sourav Ganguly as the BCCI president earlier this month, also said that the Indian cricketers won’t be ruffled by pressure and the hype created by the media and fans.
BCCI president opined, “Once the players get on the field, there is absolutely no pressure at all. We just play it like another match. The players basically follow what the orders are. Pressure is built up outside and the team doesn’t really suffer from that. It’s the public that builds up the pressure as they are more tensed than the players.”
India and Pakistan recently faced off in the Asia Cup 2022. While India won the first match, Pakistan came up trumps in the second at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.