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India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli plays it cool, Mickey Arthur plays up the hype

As India and Pakistan gear up to face each other in Manchester later today (June 16), Indian captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur had varying views on how the 2 teams were approaching the high-octane clash.

While Kohli said that, no matter the media hype, the India-Pakistan tie is ‘just a cricket match’, Arthur is of the opinion that ‘it doesn’t get more exciting’.

“Watch and enjoy… it’s just a cricket match,” Kohli addressed the fans from both the countries while speaking to the press on the eve of the match in Manchester.

“We {India] have literally discussed nothing different from the time we came to England. The atmosphere in the dressing room hasn’t changed [ahead of Pakistan match]. We understand any game you can play for the country can be emotional, adrenaline filled. So for us, no single game is more important than the other,” Kohli said.

He added: “Cricketers who have been selected to play for the country are responsible for treating every game equally. For us nothing in the change room is different, the conversation hasn’t changed. We need to keep in mind we’re a top team and focus on our strengths.”

On the other hand, Arthur’s approach was in contrast to that of India captain Kohli, who sought to play down the hype around the match.

“It doesn’t get more exciting,” Arthur said of the hotly-anticipated contest at Old Trafford.

“I’m telling our players in the dressing room, ‘you could be a hero tomorrow. Your careers are going to be defined by a moment in the game. You do something incredible tomorrow, you’ll be remembered forever.

“Our mantra is ‘how do you want to be remembered?’ We’ve got 15 incredible cricketers in that dressing room, and we keep stressing to them ‘how do you want to be remembered? You’re the class of 2019. What are they going to say about you in history?’

“And tomorrow presents an unbelievable opportunity for these guys to really make a mark.”

Hyped or not, one thing is for sure, the game is sure to provide fans with enough moments to cherish for the rest of their lives.

Source: indiatoday.in

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