AMN / London
Ahead of mega-final of the ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan tomorrow, Indian skipper Virat Kohli today said there was any pressure on team India
“We will not play under any pressure, and the last record against Pakistan doesn’t matter to us.
“It is just another game of cricket tomorrow. We play to win every match. I don’t see any relevance of the first game in the final. Aim is to play well, and past statistics and records don’t matter. No team has the guarantee to win. The team which has better frame of mind will win the game.” Kohli told reporters ahead of the mega-clash on Sunday.
When India began their Champions Trophy campaign against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4, there were two different schools of thought about the prospects of the two sides. One half expected India, the defending champions, to make it all the way to the final, while the other half gave eighth-ranked Pakistan not even a ghost of a chance.
The Indian captain said that game would not have any relevance and praised the Pakistan team for reaching the final.
“Pakistan can beat anyone on their day, everyone is aware the kind of talent and ability they have,” said Kohli.
After scoring an unbeaten 76 against South Africa in the final group game, Kohli smashed 96 not out off 78 balls against Bangladesh in the semis to help India enter the final of the mega tournament.