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Published On: Sat, Jun 15th, 2019

“No one game is more special for us than the other” Says Virat Kohli

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NEW DELHI : Virat Kohli, speaking ahead of the India vs Pakistan World Cup 2019 clash, said that if the Indian team plays to its potential, they are good enough to beat anyone.
The match between the two South Asian giants is arguably the marquee match of the tournament, however, Indian captain Virat Kohli downplayed the frenzy and excitement surrounding the high-octane clash.
The Team India skipper said that “no one game is more special for us than the other” and his team would be treating “every game equally, regardless of the opposition”.”If we play well, we can beat anyone. Nothing changes according to the opposition. For the players, it is very important to be professional, be it any team you are up against,” Virat Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.

“No one game is more special for us than the other. Our responsibility is to treat every game equally, regardless of the opposition. We are a top side in the world because of the cricket that we play,” he added
The build-up to the game has predictably seen a war on social media and through advertisements from both camps. When asked what message Kohli had for the fans, the skipper said: “Watch and enjoy… it’s just a cricket match.”
Mohammad Amir took five wickets in Pakistan’s loss to Australia, and will once again pose the biggest danger to the India’s star-studded batting line-up. However, Virat Kohli said that his team will focus on the other bowlers as much as on the left-arm speedster.

“You have to respect any bowler’s strength. You should have faith in your ability to score against any bowler. I just focus on the white ball or the red ball, regardless of the bowler. There are 10 other players to impact the game,” the India captain said.
India and Pakistan’s cricketing history has been of intense rivalry, with almost all their matches being played with an intensity which probably matches the most emotional sporting rivalry anywhere in the world.
The two sides have had their share of joy and disappointment, but when it comes to the ICC World Cup, Pakistan’s disappointment has been manifold, since they are yet to register a win over arch-rivals India on this platform. India, on the other hand have handled the intense pressure with much more poise and the results are there for all to see.
India have won all six of their meetings against their neighbours in World Cups as they look to maintain their perfect record in Manchester. India also beat Pakistan in their most recent encounter at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year.

The match will be broadcast at primetime in both cricket-obsessed countries and a billion people are expected to tune in. Rain is forecast for Sunday’s match however, and could bring about an early sodden end to the highly anticipated game.
Meanwhile, Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said that Pakistan bowlers should go after a vulnerable Indian middle order when the two teams clash in the marquee World Cup game on Sunday, 16 June. Hero of many Indo-Pak cricketing battles, is hopeful that Mohammed Aamir led attack would do well to find the chinks in the Indian middle-order.
“India have a solid top order. Not only there is Virat (Kohli) but there’s also Rohit (Sharma). But I have a feeling that middle order isn’t that settled. Pakistan bowlers should try to cash in on that aspect,” Akram told PTI during a recent interaction.
“I don’t know why did they drop Aamir in the first place. His presence even when he is not at his best is important. He is a senior bowler now and I believe he has a duty to guide the youngsters,” Akram said.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector of Pakistan, on Saturday said “Whenever India and Pakistan take on each other in the World Cup, it’s a final before a final.
People are always excited about this match. The stadium has a capacity of 24,000 but 8 lakh people applied for the tickets of this match. So it gives you an idea of how big this match is,” Inzamam told ANI as India takes on Pakistan in Manchester tomorrow.

Pakistan has never been able to defeat India in World Cup matches but Inzamam said past performances do not matter when these two sides take the field. It will all come down to how the team plays on the match day, he said.
“In India-Pakistan matches, past performances do not matter and it all depends on who is better on the match day. I hope Pakistan will come out triumphant and I hope people get to enjoy a good quality game of cricket. Pakistan has won just one match in the tournament so far. I hope the fortunes change for the team,” Inzamam said. (With AFP and IANS inputs

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