Virat Kohli: “It’s just another game you need to win as a team”
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India captain Virat Kohli doesn’t seem to be feeling the heat ahead of his side’s World Cup clash with Pakistan on June 16.
India have won all six of their previous World Cup meetings against Pakistan and Kohli will no doubt want to extend that winning streak.
That being said, Kohli made it clear that while there will be a lot of hype around the match – as there usually is whenever the two nations go head to head – he will be treating it just like any other game.
“I think India-Pakistan is always a much anticipated match,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “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.”
India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5, while Pakistan’s first game in the tournament will see them take on the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.