Prime News, International and National Sport, Asia Cup, Cricket, Abu Dhabi (UAE), September 15:- Rohit Sharma, who will be leading the Indian side for the Asia Cup, has said that it is always a matter of excitement to play against Pakistan as they are a great side and have been playing good cricket, lately.
The 31-year-old, however, added that every team is here to win the title and that the focus of the Indian side should be on the entire tournament as all the teams are competitive in nature.
Speaking during a press conference, Sharma said, “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.”
“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, where the Asia Cup will be held, the right-hand batsman said that it is not at all pleasant.
“Climate is not so pleasant for sure. Exactly the reason we wanted to come a little earlier and get accustomed to the conditions.” he said.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, on the other hand, termed the Asia Cup as a big opportunity for all the participating teams.
Speaking on their own game plan ahead of the tournament, Ahmed said that they would be taking one game at a time.
India and Pakistan are slated to face each other in Asia Cup on September 19 at Dubai International Stadium. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)