Pandya injured, Pujara scores T20 century and more - Cricket News Today, 21st February 2019
- In other news, Sunil Gavaskar has opened up on the 2019 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan.
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India will have to make do without the services of pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya for their upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia. The 25-year-old has been ruled out of both series due to a stiff back. The selectors have named a spin bowling all-rounder as his replacement for the ODI series.
Meanwhile, Indian batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Cheteshwar Pujara have broken numerous T20 records during their respective matches in the 2019 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
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Gavaskar urges India to not boycott Pakistan match in World Cup
Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar has urged India to not boycott the World Cup match against Pakistan. The 69-year-old pointed to the fact that the Men in Blue would lose two points if they forfeit the group stage clash against their arch-rivals.
"Who wins if India decide against playing Pakistan in the World Cup? And I am not even talking about the semis and the finals. Who wins? Pakistan win because they get two points," Gavaskar told India Today.
The veteran elaborated, "India have so far beaten Pakistan every time in a World Cup, so we are actually conceding two points when by beating Pakistan, we could make sure that they don't advance in the competition. (But) I am with the country, whatever the government decides, I am with it totally. If the country wants we shouldn't play Pakistan, I am with them."
India are scheduled to play Pakistan at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on June 16.