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Rohit claims that India welcomes Pakistan’s “challenge” in the World Cup opener

Rohit claims that India welcomes Pakistan’s “challenge” in the World Cup opener

Rohit claims that India welcomes Pakistan's "challenge" in the World Cup opener

Melbourne: India’s captain Rohit Sharma said on Saturday that his squad is looking forward to the “challenge” of playing Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup opener.

On Sunday, the neighbours meet at a jam-packed Melbourne Cricket Ground while cricket authorities from the two nations quarrel behind closed doors.

On the eve of the highly anticipated match, Rohit told reporters, “I don’t want to use the term “pressure” because pressure is constant. Instead, I would prefer to view this as a challenge.

“This Pakistani team is incredibly difficult to play against.”

Since the late 1990s, India has consistently outplayed Pakistan in cricket, but since then, they have dropped two of their past three games, including the T20 World Cup group game in the United Arab Emirates last year.

India, which is rated first in the T20 format, hasn’t won a world championship since the 2013 Champions Trophy and, despite being favourites, failed to advance to the recent Asia Cup final.

On the day of the T20 World Cup match, Pakistan performed well (in 2021). They excelled at the Asia Cup as well. We don’t get to play them very often, so it was fortunate for us that we got to do so twice in the Asia Cup, said Rohit.

 

“We had to evaluate them, their assets and liabilities.”

 

It’s crucial to simply put it away and just concentrate on the task at hand, Rohit continued. “It’s there in the back of our players’ minds (not won an international tournament for nine years).

 

 

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