Match against Pakistan does not excite Kohli

Match against Pakistan does not excite Kohli
Umar Akmal congratulates Virat Kohli after India won the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India. (AP Photo/ Bikas Das)

India-Pakistan matches are always some thing to be excited about for the fans around the cricketing world. Cricket fans usually don’t miss any match between these two arch-rivals. Ahead of the Champions Trophy 2017, fans from both nations have already marked their calendars for June 4 when these two Asian giants take on each other in their group clash at Edgbaston.

But with a few days left before the most waited clash between Pakistan and India, Virat Kohli said the matches against Pakistan are considered as regular cricket match to him. According to Kohli’s latest press conference it will be the same in the upcoming Champions Trophy match too.

“Yes, India-Pakistan game is always very exciting for all the fans watching and the atmosphere in the stadium is different from any other game, but for us, it just a game of cricket,” Kohli told the reporters ahead of the team’s departure for the event that begins June 1 in England and Wales.

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The 28-year old Indian captain added, “The hype created around is not in our control. We prepare the same for every game. The atmosphere around is different yes, but in our heads nothing changes whether it’s any team, it is exactly the same for us.”

The match against Pakistan will be the first match for The Men in Blue in this year’s Champions Trophy. After taking on Pakistan, India are scheduled to play against Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11 in London.

However, the defending champions of the tournament lost 2 of their 3 matches against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy thus far.