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England captain Jos Buttler has claimed that his side will be looking to ensure that an India vs Pakistan final doesn’t happen in this year’s edition of the T20 World Cup. England will face India in Adelaide on Thursday
Buttler certainly doesn’t want to see an India vs Pakistan final (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: England captain Jos Buttler has said that his team will be trying to make sure that an India vs Pakistan final doesn’t happen at this year’s edition of the T20 World Cup.
India vs Pakistan has been viewed as a marquee fixture in world cricket, with fans turning up in numbers to watch the game in the stadium. The viewership figures are also high for the clash between the arch-rivals.
Former cricketers like Shoaib Akhtar have also said publicly that they’re hoping to see the Asian giants in the final of this year’s tournament.
“Hopefully, India and Pakistan don’t return home after the semi-finals. I want to watch an India-Pakistan final. The broadcasters and the ICC will have the most fun if this happens,” said Akhtar.
However, Buttler isn’t too keen on the idea of an India vs Pakistan final at this year’s T20 World Cup. Speaking at the pre-match press conference, the England captain said that his team doesn’t want to see both teams battling it out for the trophy and will try to make sure that a repeat of 2007 will not happen.
“Well, we certainly don’t want to see an India-Pakistan final. So, we’ll be trying all we can do to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said Buttler.
Buttler was asked if India has lost their aura in knockout games to which the England captain answered that wasn’t the case. The wicketkeeper said that Indian teams have been consistently strong and they have some fantastic players in their lineup.
“Not at all. I think India is a very very strong team. I think Indian teams have been consistently strong for a long period of time and naturally so with the amount of depth and talent. So, there are some fantastic players in their lineup. You get to a semi-final of any competition you expect to be playing against a very tough team and India will certainly be that,” said Buttler.