‘Match against India is always a big match’

Published: March 28, 2011
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Umar Gul says the team is ready to face India in the upcoming clash at the World Cup semi-final in Mohali. PHOTO: AFP

Umar Gul says the team is ready to face India in the upcoming clash at the World Cup semi-final in Mohali. PHOTO: AFP

MOHALI: Pakistani fast bowler Umar Gul on Monday said that the team was ready to face India in the upcoming clash at the World Cup semi-final.

Addressing a press conference in Mohali, Gul said that that cricket is a sport that is enjoyed by both countries and people on both sides of the border want India and Pakistan to play against each other.

“The more we play against each other, the better the relations will be between both countries,” said Gul.

Responding to a question by the Indian press, Gul said that the Pakistan side had reviewed the pitch at Mohali, adding that he hoped the pitch is one that supports his bowling attack.

Gul also clarified that there was no conflict between the management and Shoaib Akhtar and that the Rawalpindi Express was training hard for the match.

The bowler said that both India and Pakistan have pressure on them adding that the team is receiving a lot of support from fans back home.

“No doubt the batting line up is strong but our bowling is doing very well as well. I am happy with my performance,” said Gul in a reply to another question regarding the strength of the Indian team.

Gul added that the morale of the batsmen had also been boosted in the quarter-final against West Indies.

“Match against India is always a big match,” said the Pakistani attack bowler.

He also informed that that he has received immense help from having two great bowlers, Waqar Younis and Aqib Javed, as coaches in the team.

To a question about the recent scandals that Pakistan had to face, Gul said “We have been under pressure due to scandals for the past five weeks, but we beat New Zealand in New Zealand and have been doing well.”

He said the most important factor in the team’s performance is the environment of the dressing room. “The main thing is unity,” he said adding that before every match, all the players make it a point to support each other.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Eeman
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:02PM

    As long as you hype it up, it would be difficult to play. Recommend

  • NIHIT AGARWAL
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:36PM

    there is a big difference in saying and doing the sameRecommend

  • arun
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:39PM

    india will rockssssssss at mohali….**Recommend

  • joel
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:06PM

    why pakistani players r doing all the talking while indian players are keeping quite and concentrating on game. Pakistani players should also shut up and do thier talking in match with thier performance. By talking they r creating extra presure on themselves.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:07PM

    @arun
    Pakistan will make u rock on their fingers! Insha-Allah!Recommend

  • shams Khan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Why not a venue on ZERO BORDER LINE for cricket so fans on both side of border enjoy the game of Cricket
    The most capable team with stronger nerves deserve win, In the end it should be the GAME OF CRIKET WHICH will emerge as winnerRecommend

  • SHAIKH MUHAMMAD ALI
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:46PM

    we should belive on Allah rather on our strength. “InshaAllah” we will be the champion.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:59PM

    @Arun
    Paki will make you rock on their fingers…. Insha Allah… Don’t u worry!Recommend

  • KM
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:03PM

    @arun: Surely India will get rocked in Mohali, while Pakistani fans sing “We will, we will, Rock You” :)Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 3:27PM

    No doubt, the best team will win the match… both teams are doing great efforts, both are under pressures and both nations are very hopeful for their teams. This match is more then only one inning for both sides’ peoples…Recommend

  • KHANS
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:29PM

    Yeah! definitely Indians will get Rocked by Pakistan’s bowling attack which will make them completely paralysed unable to move and play. InshAllah !Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 3:34PM

    It’s gonna be Pakistan who will prevail in the battle of nerves :)Recommend

  • Kamal
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:47PM

    I ve a feeling that Pakistani players have fix this match and they are going to loose badly.Rehman Mallik is having some information regarding this which is not available in public domain.Otherwise,there is no reason for him to warn Pakistani players in public.Recommend

  • fawad
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:14PM

    guys, we just concentrate on our team performance, we need only to see good cricket from both teams, win or loss its a part of game.Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 4:27PM

    @joel:
    Because Indian Teams are under tremendous pressure and have become speechles. They will be under thousands of watchdogs (stadium and TV) spectators and will prone to make mistakes.

    It will Pakistan who will win and proceed to Mumbai to face SL in the Finals.Recommend

  • Kinzah Raffat
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:45PM

    Im sorely disappointed by the comments from both sides…
    My advice to India…Please try to be reasonable and learn to be better sport. Pakistan just didn’t land in to this match..They won it fair and square no need to sulk..With the kind of backing ur team has its more than expected on them to perform the way they are..Have some faith and drop the pressure…honestly, you guys are doing no good to your team with this pressure as if they dnt know what they are up against..who doesn’t like winning? and this goes for us across the border as well.

    And Pakistan…same goes for you..at the end of the day its just a game….no point in being a sore loser…And winning owing largely due to a technicality is as bad as losing in my books..ur victories should be the culmination of your endeavors…Do your best and the rewards will be high but expecting to have miracles happen is a tad bit pushing it….We are ever so proud of our men in Green with or without them winning the rest of the tournament.Recommend

  • norman
    Mar 31, 2011 - 5:57PM

    hahahahaaa, see who were suffering from pressure?? who rocked yesterday??, open your eyes widely, why no pakis here??Recommend

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