Kohli turns focus to Pakistan after NZ washout

NOTTINGHAM    –   India captain Virat Kohli’s focus turned to Pakistan instantly after his aspect’s match towards New Zealand was deserted and not using a ball being bowled on Thursday. India face Pakistan at Previous Trafford on Sunday in a match which is probably going to attract a world tv viewers of 1 billion. “It’s a possibility to create pleasure,” mentioned Kohli, 30. “It’s a marquee occasion everywhere in the world.”

The 2 international locations hardly ever play exterior of main tournaments, with India profitable their final two conferences within the Asia Cup in 2018, whereas Pakistan beat their arch-rivals within the ultimate of the Champions Trophy in England in 2017.

India have began properly within the World Cup, profitable their opening two matches towards South Africa and Australia, earlier than their match towards New Zealand at Trent Bridge was deserted. Pakistan, in distinction, have struggled – beating hosts England however dropping to Australia and West Indies.

“We’re enjoying some good cricket so we’re not too nervous about the place we stand,” mentioned Kohli. “Having two wins offers you that further confidence. We can have a few observe periods so we all know the place we’re by way of mindset and ability. It’s additionally about going out and having recreation time. We’re fairly able to take that recreation on.”

On dealing with the stress of such a giant recreation, he added: “As quickly you as enter the sector it’s calm and relaxed. The frenzy round it’s a bit intimidating for the blokes doing it for the primary time however for us it’s about being skilled as all the time, do the fundamentals proper and look to get a consequence your method.”

Thursday’s abandonment was the fourth within the 2019 World Cup, with the earlier highest variety of washed out matches in a World Cup being two, in 1992 and 2003. “Clearly you flip up hoping to compete for 2 factors however we’ve been right here for 4 days and never seen any solar so it’s no shock,” mirrored New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. “We now have a break now, which is attention-grabbing at this level within the match however it’s a superb likelihood for guys to clean up and stay up for our subsequent problem. It is a good alternative for us to get away, refresh and have a few coaching periods earlier than that problem towards South Africa.”

POINTS TABLE

Pos Staff Performed Received Misplaced N/R Internet RR Factors

1 NEW ZEALAND Four Three Zero 1 +2.163 7

2 AUSTRALIA Four Three 1 0 +0.570 6

Three INDIA Three 2 Zero 1 +0.539 5

Four ENGLAND Three 2 1 0 +1.307 4

5 SRI LANKA Four 1 1 2 -1.517 4

6 WEST INDIES Three 1 1 1 +2.054 3

7 BANGLADESH Four 1 2 1 -0.714 3

eight PAKISTAN Four 1 2 1 -1.796 3

9 SOUTH AFRICA Four Zero Three 1 -0.952 1

10 AFGHANISTAN Three Zero Three 0 -1.493 0

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