Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

[t4b-ticker]

Cricket

T20 WC: Everyone Watches Ind-Pak Matches, We Can Use it As Motivation, Says Kohli

Virat Kohli on Sunday said that everyone in the world watches the match between India and Pakistan and this can prove as motivation for the Men in Blue.

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli (PTI Photo)

Dubai: Ahead of the much-anticipated clash against Pakistan in the Super 12s stage of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, India’s skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday said that everyone in the world watches the match between India and Pakistan and this can prove as motivation for the Men in Blue.

Pakistan won the toss against India and opted to field first. The four players who would not be in the playing XI for India are: Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Ashwin and Thakur.

“We are pretty happy with setting the target. We would have bowled first too, but the toss is not in your control. We are pretty balanced with our squad and you need to be prepared for it. We need to stay as professional as possible. We need to stay focussed on the processes. Everyone watches it closely all over the world,” Kohli told host broadcaster Star Sports during the toss.

“We can use that as a motivation, but we need to ensure we don’t get too emotional and need to just stay professional. The pitch looks very different. Evenly rolled and there is no grass at all which was the case during the IPL, and I’m sure that was done to hold it together well for the World Cup. We expect the pitch to stay good all through and set a good total,” he added.

ALSO READ: T20 WC: ‘Insane’ That Over 1 Billion People Will Watch Ind-Pak Match, Says Warne

Speaking at the toss, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said, “We are going to bowl first. We’ll look to take early wickets and put pressure. Dew is also a factor. We have had good practice sessions and am confident about our preparations. Pakistan’s bowlers are known to trouble other teams but I am confident about our batting too. Haider Ali is left out.”

India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy.

Pakistan’s Playing XI: Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi.

You May Also Like

India

The helicopter, which was flying from Sulur Airbase to Wellington, hit a ridge line and crashed into the trees.

India

A joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Indian Army and paramilitary forces are said to be present at the Check Cholan village in...

India

Political leaders across party lines expressed their shock as they condoled the demise of Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others.

India

Mi-17V-5 is a military transport variant in the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters, produced by Kazan Helicopters.

Advertisement