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We are desperate to beat India in Champions Trophy: Gul
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:Umar Gul
Event:ICC Champions Trophy 2009/10

DateLine: 23rd August 2009

 

Pakistan speedster Umar Gul says his team is desperate to beat India in an important event and break the jinx.

 

"While every match will be important, the game against India, as always, will be special for both the sides. No rivalry can match that between India and Pakistan and I think the September 26 match will be something billions of people all over the world will be waiting for," Gul said.

 

"For us, the match is also important for the simple fact that we haven't beaten them in an ICC event and we're desperate to break that sequence," he added.

 

India is the only country to have won all three major ICC events -- the 50-over World Cup (in 1983), ICC Champions Trophy (jointly with Sri Lanka in 2002) and ICC World Twenty20 (in 2007).

 

Gul believes now it is Pakistan's turn to add the one trophy which is missing from its cabinet by winning the eight-nation tournament to be staged from September 22 to October 5.

 

"I believe we have an excellent team for one-day cricket and it is the combination that makes us a quality side. The return of Mohammad Yousuf and Rana Naved has provided further impetus to the side which is bubbling with confidence after its victory in the ICC World Twenty20 in England in June.

 

"But we're aware that it is not going to be easy at all in South Africa and we'll have to be at our best all through to win," Gul said in an ICC news letter.


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