ICC World Cup 2019: Its Just Another Game You Need to Win as a Team – Virat Kohli on Clash Against Pakistan
The upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales is only a few day’s away. Host England will face South Africa in the tournament opener at the Oval on May 30. However, all eyes will be on the clash between India and Pakistan, which have garnered massive craze. But Virat Kohli insisted that it will be just another game for them and they will have to win it as a team.
Just another match against Pakistan: Kohli
Since the aftermath of the Pulwama attack on February 14, there was a doubt whether India will play Pakistan in the World Cup. There were calls from certain sections to boycott the match to register their protest. The BCCI also held meeting with ICC over this; however, the apex body insisted on continuing as per the schedule and thus, India will also play the game.
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Meanwhile, Virat Kohli & Co will take on Pakistan on June 16 at the Old Trafford. The high-voltage encounter has attracted 400000 applications for tickets for a 25000-seater stadium. Moreover, as per reports, the tickets for this mega-clash were sold within 48 hours. The price of the tickets were much higher than that of the pinnacle clash. However, the Indian skipper seemed unmoved by all of these and said that it will be another game of cricket.
During an interactive session with all the skippers, the talismanic run-scorer admitted that the players feel a lot of different than that from the fans. There are excitements, but it vanishes once they enter the ground.
“I think India-Pakistan is always a much-anticipated match. We keep saying again and again. If you ask the players, it’s very different from how the fans feel. Yes, we feel the anticipation and excitement when we enter the stadium. But as soon as you enter the field, it’s very professional.
“It’s just another game you need to win as a team. Yes, it brings pressure because the atmosphere in the stadium is very different. But as soon as we enter the ground, it’s a game of cricket for all of us. We keep saying this again and again, but that’s the truth,” he added.
In conclusion, Virat Kohli said that they won’t single out any team as all the sides are tough and can beat any other team on a given day. India will start their campaign on June 5 against South Africa at the Oval.
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