Asia Cup 2022: It’s great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, says KL Rahul on India vs Pakistan clash
The Men in Blue will have a fantastic opportunity to challenge themselves at the start of their Asia Cup 2022 campaign, says India batsman KL Rahul, ahead of the high-stakes match against Pakistan on Sunday.
On August 28, India will play Pakistan in the tournament’s inaugural T20I match. Rahul was forced to sit out of the IPL 2022 owing to injury before making a comeback in the just finished ODI series in Zimbabwe.
“For now we are all very excited as players. We always look forward to this India versus Pakistan clash. It will be a good challenge for us to compete against a big team like Pakistan. As we all know there is a huge history and rivalry between India and Pakistan as these games are always been high intensity. It’s a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves,” said KL Rahul said at a press conference.
On October 24, 2021, Pakistan defeated India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in their 13th attempt, winning easily on a night when practically everything went as planned for them. The night’s brightest star was Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Talking about India’s defeat against Pakistan in the last World Cup, KL Rahul said:
” Yes obviously losing any game and in the World Cup hurts. When you enter big tournaments every team wants to play big and unfortunately, it did not happen with us. We were outplayed by really strong Pakistan. So now we get an opportunity to play once again against them.”
“We are looking forward to going all out there and playing our best game…… the match starts from zero … There might be a history of how many times the teams played against each other and won but it does not matter as the game only starts from zero. It’s great to see the new approach of the Indian team, started after the last world cup,” the India team Vice Captain said.
India’s team is aiming to win the Asia Cup for the eighth time. UAE will host the Asia Cup in 2022, which will take place from August 27 through September 11.
“We always look forward to the India-Pakistan clash as we don’t play each other anywhere else but in these big tournaments. As it’s the first game of the tournament for both of us, so we want to start our campaign on a winning note,” said the Indian opener.
Virat Kohli, the team’s ace batter, will play cricket again after a brief hiatus that caused him to miss the team’s trip of the West Indies during the 2022 Asia Cup. On August 28, he will play in his first match since making a comeback against Pakistan.
Fans will be hoping that during the event Kohli finds his form again. And soon hits his eagerly anticipated 71st international century.
Talking about the former India captain, Rahul said:
“We all want Virat Kohli to get back in form, we’re not worried about it. His mindset always remains the same, to win matches for India and he’s done that for many years”.
“We don’t really give much importance to comments. It doesn’t really affect a player, especially a world-class player like Virat will not be affected by what people are saying on the outside. He has had a little break and he is working on his game,” Rahul said.