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‘Intimidating For First Timers..’: Virat Kohli on India-Pakistan Clash After New Zealand Game Abandoned

Virat Kohli said he and Team India are ready to take on Pakistan as the two are slated to face-off in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Sunday.

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Updated:June 14, 2019, 11:28 AM IST
‘Intimidating For First Timers..’:  Virat Kohli on India-Pakistan Clash After New Zealand Game Abandoned
Virat Kohli is excited for the India vs Pakistan match in Manchester on Sunday (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Virat Kohli said that he and his team are looking forward to the India vs Pakistan clash at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16, Sunday.

Despite India's third match of the World Cup being washed out against New Zealand, Kohli dismissed concerns of lack of match practice ahead of the marquee clash against their arch-rivals.

"We've been playing some good cricket, we're not too worried about where we stand. Having two wins does give you confidence. A couple of practice sessions and we should be fine. It's only about getting game time and that should happen on Sunday," Kohli said on Thursday after the India-New Zealand match was abandoned due to rain.

On coping with the pressure of such a big game, he added: "As soon you as enter the field it's calm and relaxed The frenzy around it is a bit intimidating for the guys doing it for the first time but for us it's about being professional as always, do the basics right and look to get a result your way."

"It's been competitive for a while now, it's been a marquee event and it's an honor to be a part of such an event," Kohli added.

India have a perfect record against Pakistan at World Cup, having ever being beaten by their neighbours at the quadrennial event. The last time though the two teams met in ICC event, as they don't play each other in bilateral cricket, was in the final of the Champions Trophy in 2017 - when Pakistan trumped India

As for India and Pakistan's form in Cricket World Cup 2019, Kohli & Co. are unbeaten having played three games, while Pakistan have won two out of their first four matches.

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