Rohit Sharma, who will lead India in the upcoming Asia Cup, has said that it is always a matter of excitement to play against arch-rivals Pakistan. The India star also said that India is looking ahead to take on Pakistan who have been playing good cricket, lately.
The cricket fans from India and Pakistan are desperately waiting for September 19. This is the date when India and Pakistan will lock horns against each other in the Asia Cup. With the bilateral relation between the two countries suspended at the moment due to political issues, the two teams only play in ICC tournaments or the Asia Cup.
They last played a bilateral series in 2012 when Pakistan visited India for a short ODI series.
The arch-rivals last played in the Champions Trophy final last year which Pakistan won handsomely. The India-Pakistan clash has always garnered a huge interest. And the recent lack of fixtures have only made this tie even more interesting. Well, not only the fans but Rohit Sharma is also excited about the game.
Speaking ahead of the Asia Cup-opener, the India skipper said that playing against Pakistan is always exciting. At the same time, he made it clear that the focus is on the whole tournament.
“It is always exciting to play Pakistan. They are a great nation. They have been playing good cricket, off late. We are looking forward to that clash but again there are other teams here as well who are eying for the title,” he told reporters.
“The games played here will be quite competitive. The focus should be on the whole tournament as everyone is here for the title,” he added.
Reflecting on the climate conditions in the United Arab Emirates, the venue of the Asia Cup, Rohit said:
“Climate is not so pleasant for sure. Exactly the reason we wanted to come a little earlier and get accustomed to the conditions.”
India open their campaign against Hong Kong on September 18, just a day before taking on Pakistan. The Men in Blue are the defending champions, having won the T20I format in 2016.