Asia Cup 2018: India vs Pakistan is Just Another Game - Shoaib Malik

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Asia Cup 2018: India vs Pakistan is Just Another Game – Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Pakistan veteran batsman Shoaib Malik joins the long list of players who think India vs Pakistan is just another game. The two arch-rivals are set to lock horns in the upcoming Asia Cup on 19 September.

The right-hander believes if a player over thinks about a match, then he is putting himself under more pressure. In fact, there is no denying the fact that India vs Pakistan match already brings a lot of pressure with itself.

Shoaib Malik, India vs Pakistan
Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

There is already enough pressure in India vs Pakistan matches.

Pakistan will begin their Asia Cup campaign when they will lock horns with Hong Kong on 18 September. Hong Kong was able to cement its place after beating UAE in the final of the Qualifiers.

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“The India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup is just another game for me,” said Malik while speaking to the reporters. “If you think too much about the India-Pakistan game then you create pressure for yourself. I would say that we should consider this just another game and would say the same to my team-mates.”

Meanwhile, it is well known that India and Pakistan bring a great opportunity for the players of both teams. Thus, whosoever performs well in the pressure cooker matches are generally hailed as heroes.

Shoaib Malik, India vs Pakistan
Shoaib Malik. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“This is the kind of a game which is watched with great interest in India, Pakistan and abroad. This is a big opportunity for players as the one who performs in such a game becomes a hero,” said the 36-year-old batsman who has played 39 ODIs against India.

There is no doubt that India vs Pakistan brings extra pressure with itself because of the history between the two countries. Furthermore, the growing tensions between the neighbors have always created enough chatters.

Meanwhile, India will not have the services of their captain Virat Kohli which will leave a big void in the team. Thus, Rohit Sharma will hold the captaincy reins in the muti-team tournament.

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