The battle of game turns today the peoples who have any interest in cricket or not but they watch cricket today. The whole world waiting for this match.
Even as cricket fans are enthused about the Sunday’s World Cup clash between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in England, Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be treating the game like any other, and said, “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.” India, which is gearing up ahead of the hugely anticipated match with Pakistan, will be missing its opener Shikhar Dhawan who got injured during his match-winning century against Australia on June 9. The India-Pakistan match is clouded with the forecast of rains and India’s last match with New Zealand was a washout, and both the teams shared one point each.
The Indian captain said that.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur looks ahead to his side’s massive game today against India.
Both team fans are excited to support their team.
Backed into a corner and forced to pick from this Pakistan squad? Maybe Mohammad Amir, but only so that the combined team could claim to have that angle of attack (India have no left-arm quick). Mohammad Hafeez. You laugh, but here are his figures for the year at No. 4 and here are those of India’s No. 4s for this year. Fine, you can still laugh, but numbers are numbers.
And just as India has risen and Pakistan have remained, essentially, Pakistan, and time has moved further away from 1947, and populations have become younger, so too has this rivalry begun to change.
Certainly to India’s players it matters less. A number of bragging points, of course, but as Virat Kohli took great, great pains to point out at his pre-match press conference, it’s about them, not the opponents (and thus the rivalry). Five of the first six questions put to him were basically variations on how to deal with Pakistan, specifically how to handle their unpredictability, their main threats, Amir, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Each time, Kohli’s response was the same.
“We’re not focusing on the opposition, so no one’s a threat.”
“Look, as I said, we’re not focusing too much on the strengths of the opposition.”
“We’re not focusing too much on what the opposition has to do or what they will bring to the table. We need to believe in our strengths.”
So now let’s see who is the best today.