Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma talks about India vs Pakistan clash
Rohit Sharma with Pakistan's skipper Sarfraz Ahmed during a press conference. Photograph: (AFP)
Rohit Sharma, who will lead the India cricket team for the 2018 Asia Cup has said that it is always exciting to play against Pakistan.
India scheduled to face arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19 in Dubai and 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 Asian countries will consider 2018 Asia Cup as a warm-up for the ICC World Cup 2019, which will be staged in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.
I am sure everyone is looking forward to it, but we will just focus on the match at hand. It is always exciting to play Pakistan, they have been great lately and have played very good cricket: Indian Captain Rohit Sharma on India-Pak match on September 19 #AsiaCup2018 #Dubai pic.twitter.com/41aCQ45kNs— ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2018
The Rohit-led team will start their campaign on September 18, therefore, will play two one-day internationals matches on consecutive days.
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.
"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.