Team India has begun their preparations for the 2022 T20 World Cup, which will begin on October 16 in Australia. They will kick off their campaign with a high-octane clash against Pakistan on Sunday, October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium. Ahead of the match, Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal expressed that the team is focused on their performance.
India-Pakistan matches have always been much-hyped. However, the players try to keep themselves away from the chatter outside. In an interview with Dainik Jagran, Yuzvendra Chahal expressed that for the cricketers, India-Pakistan is just another match. He said,
“When you’ve already played against a particular opponent, you don’t worry much when you face them again. However, there is a lot of hype generated by media and internet ahead of the clash against Pakistan. But for us cricketers this is just like another match and if we think too much pressure certainly builds.”
Speaking on the social media hype, Yuzvendra Chahal said, “I’m quite active on internet but I don’t allow myself to get bothered on what is being written out there. Pakistan is a good team but the focus solely remains on our performance. The most important thing is how you perform on the match day, everything depends on that.”
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All depends on how you are playing on the day: Yuzvendra Chahal
Team India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal further expressed praised the Pakistan team. However, he reiterated that Team India’s focus will be on their performance. Chahal added that on-field performance is paramount. He said,
“Pakistan’s team is also good, but our main focus remains on our performance. Most importantly, it all depends on how you are playing on the day the match is held.”
Team India won their first T20 warm-up match against Western Australia XI by 13 runs. The second match will take place on Thursday, October 13 at the W.A.C.A in Perth.