Asia Cup 2022: Ahead of Pakistan clash, Team India talks about how national anthem pumps them up
Asia Cup 2022: The Indian cricket team’s players discussed the significance of the national anthem in their sport and how they feel when it plays before big matches before their second blockbuster clash of the Asia Cup 2022 versus Pakistan.
On Sunday, India will begin their campaign in the Asia Cup’s Super-four, playing Pakistan for the second time in a span of ten days. India captain Rohit Sharma stated on Star Sports that he is unable to adequately express the thrill of representing his country since it is too overwhelming for him.
“Anytime you represent your country and the national anthem plays, you get goosebumps all over the body. It will be more for me, since I will walk out for the toss as a captain. It is a great feeling. You cannot put the feeling of representing your country in words, that is how big it is for me,” said Rohit.
Suryakumar Yadav claimed that even after the national anthem has ended and he has returned to the dugout and the field, he still has chills all over his body.
💙 🇮🇳 – How we all react when the national anthem plays before the #GreatestRivalry Round 2.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) September 4, 2022
Star batter Virat Kohli added that he felt a sense of unity that he had never felt before when he heard the national song played for the first time as a member of the Indian team during the 2011 World Cup.
“I had never felt that sense of unity, that united energy in one place. The force of it, I had never experienced before. I get goosebumps all over my body. Everyone is singing, everyone is focused on one goal: That India has to win. That energy is really powerful. There is no other thought in people’s minds. You can feel the energy, and emotions of the crowd. Like in 2016 T20 WC, Mohali, Eden Gardens. These are some of the experiences that are really memorable, because of the energy in the stadium. It is special when you feel so many ppl pushing you towards winning,” said Virat.
KL Rahul, the team’s opener, added that as the national anthem begins to play, everyone forgets about themselves and instead focuses on the team and the nation.
“The national anthem is what sets us up before every big game. You are wearing the blue jersey, something you dreamt of as a kid. Each one of us standing there feels gratitude,” he added.
Rishabh Pant, a wicketkeeper-batter, too has chills when he hears the national song before a game.
Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya also said:
“I tell ppl if you want to experience goosebumps, it is the national anthem that plays before we play any team, it does not have to be a particular country. The feeling and pride we get are unmatchable. You cannot put it in words.”
Both teams will aim to start their Super four campaign on a victorious note. With victories over Pakistan and Hong Kong in their previous games, India will try to keep up their winning streak in the competition. Pakistan would be cautious in the meanwhile given India’s stellar performance against them in the previous five T20Is. Of the five games played between the two teams, India has won the last four.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain.