Virat Kohli, India’s captain, has remarked that he approaches India-Pakistan confrontations “like any other game of cricket.”
On October 24, India will face Pakistan in the first match of the T20 World Cup.
Due to political issues between the two countries, the classic rivalry has been confined to solely ICC events. With their most recent bilateral event occurring in 2012.
Kohli, on the other hand, is only concerned with the fanfare on the outside. While the Indian team tackles the match as they would any other.
The captain also disclosed how he has been refusing his pals’ requests for tickets to the high-octane showdown. Which he believes are “ridiculously” expensive.
“I can talk from personal experience. I have honestly never felt so. I have always approached this game as just another game of cricket.
“I know there’s a lot of hype created around this game.
“More so with ticket sales and the demands of tickets and right now, the value of those tickets is ridiculously high. That’s all I know,” Kohli said as per reports on Hindustan Times.
What did Kohli say?
“My friends asking me whether there are tickets left, right and centre, and me saying no.
“It’s probably the only change that I experience from any other game. Apart from that, we don’t make anything extra out of this game.
“For us, it’s a game of cricket that has to be played in the right way, in the way we know we can.
“Yes, the environment is different on the outside from the fan’s perspective, it’s definitely louder, definitely more excitement in the air.
“But apart from that, from the players’ point of view, we stay as professional as we can and always approach this game in the most normal way possible,” he added.
Kohli also discussed MS Dhoni’s role as India’s coach, admitting that the latter’s presence will be a huge help.
“His eye for intricate details and practical advice will help improve the game by one or two per cent.
“Absolutely delighted to have him… His presence will not only boost morale but also increase the confidence that we already have,” he said.