NEW DELHI: Marked by fierce competition, high emotions, the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry is one of the most intense and storied rivalries in the world of cricket. But India’s domination over their arch-rivals in the recent years have made a huge gulf between both the nations.
And former opener Gautam Gambhir reckons that India’s total supremacy is not good for subcontinental cricket after the hosts handed a seven-wicket mauling to Pakistan in the World Cup match.”Hammering along with domination. You use this word very rarely, that too when you are playing against Pakistan. If you see the results, Pakistan used to hammer India like this for a long time. However, for the last many years, India have dominated. This is bad for subcontinental cricket,” Gambhir told Star Sports.
We always used to say that if we have an India-Pakistan series, it will be competitive. An India-Pakistan series is not going to be competitive at all because there is a massive difference between the two sides,” he added.

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An inspired bowling display helped India bowl out Pakistan for 191 after their rivals collapsed from 155-2.
Riding on skipper Rohit Sharma’s 86, India overhauled the total with 117 balls to spare to extend their unbeaten streak against their neighbours to eight in the 50-over showpiece tournament.
Gambhir also heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav saying it is a luxury for any captain to have them in the team.

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“If any captain has Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav, it is a huge luxury. Out of 50 overs, you get 20 overs from bowlers who can give you wickets anytime. You were comparing Jasprit Bumrah with Shaheen Shah Afridi. Jasprit Bumrah’s first spell was under the 2 PM sun and he hardly gave any runs in his first four overs,” he said.

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