Hardik Pandya super excited for the game against Pakistan
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ICC World Cup 2019: “It’s Not Just Another Match”- Hardik Pandya on the Pakistan Tie

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Hardik Pandya. Credit: Getty Images

The two neighbouring countries – India and Pakistan are gearing up for the marquee clash on the super Sunday on June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. While India skipper Virat Kohli played down it as another clash, his teammate Hardik Pandya admitted that it won’t be just another game. The dynamic all-rounder said that there will be a lot of expectations, emotions flowing in this match between the two arch-rivals.

It will be a fantastic game: Hardik

Meanwhile, the game has already garnered a lot of attention in the wake of the Pulwama attack in February. There were claims from certain Indian sections to boycott the game, especially from cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir. But ICC has decided to go with the schedule, and it has garnered a lot of craze among the fans. The prize of the tickets are also on an all-time high and has received the most number of applications.

ICC World Cup 2019: "It's Not Just Another Match"- Hardik Pandya on the Pakistan Tie
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India skipper Virat Kohli while speaking at the pre-match press conference emphasised that they have done no different things for this game. However, the young all-rounder Hardik Pandya who will be facing Pakistan for the first time in the World Cup said that it is not just another normal game. Hardik; meanwhile, had played Pakistan in an ICC event during the 2017 Champions Trophy final when India lost the match despite his heroic efforts.

“I know people like to say it is just another game and all but it won’t be that,” Hardik Pandya said in an interview with ICC. “It is quite an exciting challenge, there will be lots of emotions, lots of expectations, lots of…everything,” he added.

ICC World Cup 2019: "It's Not Just Another Match"- Hardik Pandya on the Pakistan Tie
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Meanwhile, the game was a houseful within 48 hours. As per reports, the game garnered 400000 applications for a 25000 seater Old Trafford stadium. Hardik Pandya seemed like he is feeling the pulse of the supporters and said that it will be a fantastic game. Notably, Pakistan is yet to defeat India in the six World Cup matches they have played so far.

“It will be a fantastic game, it will be jam-packed. There won’t be one seat or one inch left in the stadium. We are just going to go there, enjoy and make sure we win the game,” he concluded.

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Ankush Das

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