Team India to face Pakistan today in their fourth match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The match will begin at 3 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Immune to the frenzy around every India-Pakistan clash, captain Virat Kohli says staying focused on the bigger goal was important since the tournament would not end with World Cup’s most awaited match on Sunday.
While he is aware of all the hoopla around the match, Kohli won’t let one World Cup contest dictate his thought process.
The Indian captain was asked, six to seven times, the same question about the external pressure, hype and how tough this match could be and he very eloquently warded off all the queries, giving away very little.
“The game starts at a certain time and finishes at a certain time. So this is not going to last a lifetime if you do well or even if you don’t,” said Kohli during the pre-match interaction.
For the skipper, the bigger picture — winning the World Cup — is what matters the most.
“Whether we do well or not tomorrow, it’s not going to finish. The tournament still has to go on and focus has to be on the larger picture. No one person takes more pressure than the others.
“Eleven guys share the responsibility. The weather is not in anyone’s hands. We have to see whatever amount of game we get, we need to be mentally ready to do whatever we need to,” the skipper said.
Earlier in World Cups India has played Pakistan six times and has registered a win each time.