Kohli: Pakistan clash like any other game

“It’s not like we are playing them for the first time and there’s no need for any extra motivation”

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India and Pakistan is arguably the pinnacle when it comes to on and off-field rivalry in international cricket, but India skipper Virat Kohli insists that his side will treat the match like any other game when the two nations lock horns at the Champions Trophy on June 4.

India have the upper hand going into the match as they have bested Pakistan in their last three meetings at the 2015 World Cup, the 2016 Asia Cup and last year’s World Twenty20.

Kohli starred in all three matches as he scored 107, 49 and 55 not out respectively.

Despite having been the difference for India in their previous clashes with Pakistan, Kohli reiterated that the upcoming Champions Trophy match shouldn’t be viewed as a special occasion.

“It’s not like we are playing them for the first time and there’s no need for any extra motivation,” he said. “When you are playing for India, you really do not need any other motivation. Yes, you need passion but you can’t be too emotional against any one team.”

Following their encounter with Pakistan, India will take on Sri Lanka and South Africa on June 8 and 11 respectively.

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