It will be like any other game of professional cricket, Indian captain Virat Kohli said, attempting to downplay the pressure ahead of India vs. Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup match.
The Indian captain also praised Pakistan’s bowling attack in a video preview shared by the ICC.
Virat Kohli, India’s captain, praises Pakistan’s bowling attack.
“Pakistan has always had a strong bowling attack.” So it’s always been a fun challenge,” Kohli said.
“I’ve now played three World Cups against Pakistan.” “Aside from the atmosphere in the stadium, there is nothing different for us because it has more to do with how people perceive and look at that game, for us we have to be professional, for us it’s a game of cricket,” the Indian captain said.
The flamboyant top-order batsman stated that the fundamentals of the game remain the same regardless of which team one is playing for and that the moment you shift your focus to things that don’t matter, you lose the opportunity to perform.
External factors will not win the game; it is the intelligence, application, understanding of the situation, and how to find that belief within yourself to find a way to help your team win that is important on the field of play. “And I’ve never looked at this game in a different way,” the Indian captain said. However, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri disagreed with Kohli.
“There isn’t any doubt about it. No other game comes close. So, it’s a big game, and, as in the past, both teams will give it their all, we will certainly give it our all, and may the best team win,” Shastri said.
Ravichandran Ashwin, an experienced cricketer, stated that Pakistan is an exciting team, but that both teams do not get enough opportunities to play each other.
“Pakistan is an enthralling team.” It’s not just because of the competition that I’m saying this. “They’re a team with a distinct personality bite,” he said.
“It was one of the most well-known competitions.” If I may say so, I grew up watching India and Pakistan go at it all my life as a child. The difficulty in playing Pakistan and India nowadays is that you are up against an unknown opponent in one of the most celebrated rivalries, one of the most-watched games.
Everyone is just waiting for the game to start. But neither team knows enough about the other; we haven’t had a contest against each other in a long time,” Ashwin explained. Hardik Pandya agreed that it is a well-known rivalry, which is understandable, but for him, it is just another game like any other.
“At the end of the day, it’s a sport, and you don’t put things in between sports.” So, for me, it’s just another game that I want to win, just like I want to win against Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, or any other good team, but I know it means a lot more to a lot of people back home. So, for them, we’ll do our best and make sure we get what they want,” Pandya said.