Ahead of the highly anticipated India-Pakistan match of the 2022 Asian Cup, India skipper Rohit Sharma said his team would not borrow the burden of past events and that every game, as well as a tournament, was a new one. departure.
Sunday’s clash in Dubai will see the resumption of cricket’s “greatest rivalry” when India and Pakistan open their Asian Cup Group A campaign. It will also be the first meeting between these two sides after facing off at last year’s Men’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan secured a resounding 10-wicket win over India, their first victory of this type in the Men’s World Cup.
“We can’t say about tomorrow’s game, how the pitch will perform. It’s for the fast bowlers or the spinners. Both teams will miss their quality bowlers. But hopefully whoever fills the Bumrah space will do its best.”
“Every game and tournament is a new beginning, we don’t borrow the burden from the past. We will focus on the game to win and not the opposition. Everyone in the team is very excited. We will make the decision based on pitch behavior from today’s game (between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan),” Rohit said at the pre-match press conference.
“We will decide our course of action depending on the situation on the pitch. A new game is a new challenge. No need to think about the last defeat, yes, we are thinking about it and learning from our mistakes. This non-covid compliance scenario will help us and it’s good for our mental health,” added Rohit.
Meeting Pakistani fans at training sessions, Rohit said it might be unusual for the media, but for us it’s a normal thing. “Yesterday they were close to me so I say high because to us they are all cricket fans. As with the hype or the tension of matches, the media do the hype but we only play the Game.”
On India’s opening pair, Rohit said, “We tried a lot of new things, new combinations. If we don’t try, how can we know our strengths and weaknesses.”
Sunday’s match will see Virat Kohli play his 100th T20I game, following the last in England in July. “Virat is back after a break. Yesterday in the net he took some amazing shots, it was really good for us as a team.”
On the issue of bilateral series between two teams, Rohit said: “It’s in the hands of the Boards. If we follow their instructions, play anywhere, anytime.”
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