Speaking on the never-ending debate of India vs Pakistan encounter in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said he would “hate” to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing them in the showpiece event. Tendulkar added that the decision of BCCI not playing men in green would only help the arch-rivals in the mega-event. The master blaster endorsed Sunil Gavaskar’s view that India would be better off beating Pakistan in the World Cup than forfeiting the June 16 tie in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel. Also Read - IPL 2020 Points Table Today Latest Update After CSK vs KKR, Match 49: Mumbai Indians Become 1st Team to Qualify For Playoffs After Chennai Super Kings Beat Kolkata Knight Riders; KL Rahul Retains Orange Cap, Kagiso Rabada Leads Purple Cap Tally
“India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar in a statement to PTI. Also Read - CSK vs KKR 2020, IPL Today Match Report: Ruturaj Gaikwad Fifty, Ravindra Jadeja Blitzkrieg Help Chennai Super Kings Clinch Thriller vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Send Mumbai Indians Into Playoffs
“Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart,” the legendary batsman added. Also Read - IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma's Prediction on Suryakumar Yadav Old Tweet Resurfaces After MI Batsman's Match-Winning 43-ball 79 Against RCB
While the likes of Harbhajan Singh, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and Yuzvendra Chahal have called for complete cricketing boycott of Pakistan, Gavaskar on Thursday said India will be the loser if they decide to not play against Pakistan on June 16.
“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 had told ‘India Today’.
“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,” he had said.
The World Cup begins in the United Kingdom on May 30.
On Friday, the Committee of Administrators running Indian cricket decided against taking any position on the matter for now.
(With Agency Inputs)