Rohit Sharma: We do not want to hype Ind-Pak game too much within ourselves
Pakistan and India will play on August 28 in Dubai in a group-stage clash, Rohit said that the challenge is most certainly a high-pressure game but at the end of the day, Pakistan is “just another opposition”.
The much-anticipated clash between Pakistan and India in the upcoming Asia Cup is not far off. Asia Cup will begin on August 27 while the first match of the mega event will be played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Pakistan and India will play on August 28 in Dubai in a group-stage clash. Having nerves heading into the challenge is very typical for players however India captain Rohit Sharma is attempting to guarantee to make a quiet climate inside the team.
Ahead of the game, Rohit said that the challenge is most certainly a high-pressure game but at the end of the day, Pakistan is “just another opposition”.
“Obviously, it is a very exciting game. Everyone watches the game, especially India-Pakistan. It is a high-pressure game without a doubt, I think within the group, we want to create quite a normal atmosphere. We do not want to hype this game too much within ourselves. Let people outside hype the game, that’s their job to do it but for us, it is just a game of cricket and a battle between bat and ball which we have to dominate,”Rohit said on Star Sports’ show ‘Follow The Blues’.
“I think the guys who have not played against them or have played 1-2 games against them, for them also, for us, me and Rahul Bhai, it is important for us to talk to these guys and let them know it is just another opposition we will be playing. For us, it will be like any other India-Pakistan game we play, we have to focus on the game and what we need to do as individuals,”he added.
The last time India and Pakistan face one another on T20 World Cup where Pakistan badly defeated India by 10 wickets.
India squad for Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Standbys: Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, and Deepak Chahar.
Pakistan’s squad for Asia Cup: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir.