T20 World Cup: Team India takes the knee before Pakistan encounter
- Indians took the knee in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement
- The Pakistan team stood by their side with their hands on their hearts
- Both England and West Indies teams had taken the knee at the start of their game on Saturday
Team India took the knee before the start of their much-anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. While the Indians took the knee in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, the Pakistan team stood by their side with their hands on their hearts.
Both England and West Indies teams had taken the knee at the start of their game on Saturday.
KL Rahul has been selected to open over Ishan Kishan while Hardik Pandya keeps his place in the lower-middle order for India as Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl.
Speaking on his decision, Azam said, "We are going to bowl first. We'll look to take early wickets and put pressure, dew is also a factor."
The 27-year-old batsman also said he was confident about his team's preparations for the high-stakes game. "We have had good practice sessions and am confident about our preparations. Pakistan's bowlers are known to trouble other teams but I am confident about our batting too."
There was much speculation over what the playing XI will look like for India, with particular focus on whether an out-of-form Pandya, who is also not bowling at the moment since a back injury, will be selected.
However, skipper Virat Kohli, among others, had backed the Mumbai Indians all-rounder prior to the match and kept faith in the 28-year-old with a chance to show his worth against Pakistan.
"We are pretty balanced with our squad and you need to be prepared for it. We need to stay as professional as possible. We need to stay focussed on the processes."
The four players excluded from the lineup are Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Shardul Thakur.