The rivalry is big, and it means a lot to the people from both countries – R Ashwin on Ramiz Raja’s statement ￼
When India sturdy Ravichandran Ashwin was informed about Ramiz’s remarks, he gave an apt reaction while Ashwin, in a press conference from Australia on Monday, said that he didn’t know about the remarks from Ramiz until he was just informed.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja recently made a strong statement about the cricketing condition between India and Pakistan.
Ramiz pushed how the Indian team has begun to ‘respect’ Pakistan as an opponent now while also naming Rohit Sharma’s men as a “billion-dollar side”.
At the point when India sturdy Ravichandran Ashwin was informed about Ramiz’s remarks, he gave an apt reaction. Ashwin, in a press conference from Australia on Monday, said that he didn’t know about the remarks from Ramiz until he was just informed.
“Until you said that, I didn’t know he made a statement like that. That’s one way of dealing with it,”Ashwin said while speaking to reporters at Perth.
“But look, it’s a game of cricket. Whatever political tensions and whatever stays between the teams, the rivalry is big, and it means a lot to the people from both countries. But at the end of the day, whatever you may say as a cricketer and as someone who is playing the sport, you do understand that wins and losses are part of the game, especially in this format, the margins are going to be so close,”he added.
“Pakistan humesha se underdogs rahein hain jab bhi India se muqabla huye hain, but of late, unhone hume respect dena shuru kardiya hain kyunki unke khayal me yeh hain ki Pakistan hume kabhi hara hi nehi sakte. So yehi main kehta hu ki Pakistan ko credit dijiye kyunki ek billion-dollar team cricket industry ko hum harate he (Pakistan have always been underdogs whenever they have played against India. But, of late, they have started to give them respect, knowing that they can be beaten in this contest. This is where Pakistan should get credit as India is a ‘billion-dollar’ team),”Raja had said.
The upcoming T20 World Cup will begin on October 16 and the tournament’s high-octane clash between Pakistan and India will be played on October 23.
India Squad for World Cup: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby Players: Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
Pakistan Squad for World Cup: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir.
Standby Players: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.