Asia Cup: Lot of hype around India-Pakistan game but for us it is normal, says Virat Kohli

Mirpur (Bangladesh), Feb 26: For fans, an India-Pakistan contest might be the biggest match in Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament but for star batsman Virat Kohli it is no different from any other game.

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Arch rivals India and Pakistan are ready to face off again, this time in Bangladesh - tomorrow (February 27) at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. Next month, on March 19, it will be a repeat in the World T20. In the ongoing Asia Cup, there is also a chance of the two teams contesting the final.

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With no bilateral series between the sides for a long time, fans have to wait for global tournaments to watch India-Pakistan clashes. The last time they met was in World Cup 2015 in Adelaide where India won. (World T20 schedule and squads)

Off the field, excitement is high among both countries' supporters. But for players it is just another match, according to Kohli.

"We treat all teams as same. There is no difference for me while playing against Pakistan. We go to the field to play cricket with bat and ball," explained Kohli.

"For me, mentally, there is no difference. I always follow that - treat all teams same. Pakistan is a strong team and we want to do well against them. Competition will be good. There is a lot of hype created around the contest but on the field it is normal for us players," the 27-year-old, who scored a century against Pakistan in World Cup 2015, added.

India started off their Asia Cup campaign with a convincing 45-run over hosts Bangladesh. After Pakistan's game, India face Sri Lanka on March 1.


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