IND vs PAK: “I Can Tell You How To Get Rid Of Rohit Sharma Right Now" - Ramiz Raja Recalls His Chat With Babar Azam

Updated - 11 Oct 2022, 02:32 PM

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja has shared the contents of his discussion with skipper Babar Azam ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Raja and Babar especially addressed their intentions for India and their opener Rohit Sharma. 

India and Pakistan squared off at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to begin their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaigns. After winning the toss, Pakistani captain Babar Azam chose to bowl first. 

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PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja Shares Details Of His Plan To Get Rid Of Rohit Sharma

To give Pakistan the perfect start, Shaheen Shah Afridi removed Rohit Sharma in the opening over. Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the PCB, discussed how he and Babar Azam plotted to fire Sharma during his interview on the BBC podcast. 

“Babar Azam was here with the Chief Selector before leaving for the World Cup, and I asked him what are your plans against India,” Ramiz Raja said on a BBC podcast. 

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Babar Azam – Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (Getty Images)

“I can tell you how to get rid of Rohit Sharma right now and Babar was intrigued.” 

“I said get Shaheen Afridi bowling at 100mph, get a man at short-leg. Just bowl that inswinging yorker at 100mph and do not give him a single and keep him on strike. You will get him out,” recalled Ramiz. 

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Rohit Sharma was caught in front of the middle stump and was dismissed on a golden duck. Pakistan went on to end their winless streak against India in the ICC World Cup events by winning the match by ten wickets. 

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Pakistan topped Group 2 after winning all of their remaining matches before bowing out in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2021. Meanwhile, India finished third in Group 2 and did not qualify for the semifinals. 

In less than two weeks’ time, the arch-rivals will again be up against each other at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23 in this year’s T20 World Cup. 


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