An India-Pakistan battle always brings huge pressure. But the pressure ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final between these two teams on Sunday seems to be sky-high, as after 10 long years since the ICC World T20 2007, the arch-rivals are set to face each other in an ICC event’s summit clash. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ফেসবুক-টুইটারকে কোহলির ‘না’]
Whatever the players said or thought, no players could stay them away from the pressure. No matter who were the sure-shot favorites, prior to an India-Pakistan match you never know what’s exactly going to happen during the real match situation.
The history suggested those who could deal with the pressure well, they won the match regardless of the strength of the team. So much talk was revolving around the pressure. What Virat Kohli thought ahead of the game is that they should stay off social media and feel relaxed.
“The biggest thing is to stay off social media. Honestly, it sounds funny, but it’s so important to stay away from those things, to connect to things that matter, the things that a sportsman needs to take care of. You know, connecting to yourselves within, taking a bit more time to do stuff which you don’t normally get to do and stay away from everything,” Kohli said.
“If you’re too distracted listening to too many suggestions or players or criticism, then you can’t focus on what you need to think as a sportsman first to be able to lead the team and then help the others in the team, as well. Yeah, that’s probably been the biggest learning. To be able to maintain that balance nicely has been a good thing for me.”