Well, after Indian former cricketers calling for a boycott against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019, the double Olympic Gold Medalist Sushil Kumar feels that Indian National Cricket Team should play them in the grand event. Further, he believes that taking a back step at that stage is also a matter of national pride.

The other night was one of the hard days to digest for the Indian citizen, as they lost the services of a few incredible persons working for the safety of the country. The suicidal bomb attack saw 44 CRPF jawans losing their lives at Pulwama.

Shock, grief and outrage spread across the nation. The globe with countries from the US to Russia condemning the attack. Pakistan has been blamed for the attack by India as well as the US, where the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed is based. In between, Pakistan has denied any wrongdoing.

Sushil Kumr, Pulwama, ICC World Cup 2019
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I want our players to beat them comprehensively – Sushil Kumar

Speaking of the same, as a sportsperson, he believes that beating Pakistan in sports will give immense satisfaction. Further, he added that to become a world champion, India needs to beat every country in the competition.

“Believe me, it’s a great high [beating Pakistan]. I have done that at the Commonwealth level twice. The feeling is incomparable and fills one with a lot of pride,” the champion wrestler told India Today in an interview.

Sushil Kumr, Pulwama, ICC World Cup 2019
Sushil Kumar (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

“When it comes to a world body, then we alone cannot decide the participation. We have to become a world champion there, that is our goal. If we are in a situation where we have to play against Pakistan then we can’t refuse. Going on a backfoot at that juncture is also not a matter of national pride. I want our players to perform their best and beat them comprehensively,” he said.

Well, Sushil Kumar has got a valid point in his kitty. Backing out from such a big tournament is also a matter of national pride, as it will be followed across the globe. In order to become champions, India must beat every team in the competition.