India vs Pakistan: Indian players speak on rivalry with Pakistan ahead of blockbuster Asia Cup 2022 clash
India vs Pakistan: Before today’s highly anticipated India vs Pakistan match, Indian players discussed their rivalry with Pakistan following their loss in the most recent T20I World Cup 2021.
In a highly anticipated match today in Dubai against Pakistan, India will begin the defence of its Asia Cup championship. Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian team, asserted that team goals should take precedence over rivalry.
In a highly anticipated match today in Dubai against Pakistan, India will begin the defence of its Asia Cup title.
“First game on 28th. We will try to be in present. Preparation-wise, we will not be short. We are not looking at the opposition at all. What we need to achieve as a group is more important than the opposition. We have to think of this as our just another opposition who we want to beat and do well against. It is going to be challenging no doubt. We will have to be up for it,” said Rohit in a video posted by BCCI which also featured other members of Team India in it.
Virat Kohli added that from his perspective as a player, it is just another game.
“Of course the environment outside can pull you in. But it is for you to enjoy and get excited about till the time you get into the park. Then, it is usual business for you,” he added.
Today two teams go one on one in a high octane clash of the #AsiaCup2022
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The top batsman for India, KL Rahul, who recently made his comeback to the national squad, stated that it is a great opportunity for India to test itself and that the current Pakistani team is really talented and has played some excellent cricket in recent years.
“It is a high-pressure game and will continue to be so,” he added.
Star T20 batsman Suryakumar Yadav added that although he had grown up hearing a lot of chatter about the rivalry, when he is on the pitch with his teammates, it is simply another game.
“All our preparations and routines reflect on the ground. When I go on the ground, it stays the same. I just try to stay in my zone and play the game,” he added.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja acknowledged that this game is receiving a lot of attention and that the team’s players are working hard to put up strong performances.
Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant remarked that the atmosphere in these hyped-up games is quite fascinating.
“But as a player, we try only one thing, to give our 100 per cent. There is a lot of pressure and expectations,” he added.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya said that the anticipation around the India-Pakistan match is reasonable given the passion people have for the sport and this rivalry.
“But for us, we have to ensure that we keep outside noise away from us and focus on what we need to be focusing on,” he added.
In T20I games, the two teams have faced off nine times thus far. India has the advantage overall, winning seven of these matchups. Pakistan has won only two.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, 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.