Australia will host the eighth ICC Men’s T20 World Cup between October 16 and November 13. India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening encounter of the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, on Sunday, October 23.
The mother of all battles between the two teams will be renewed after last month’s Asia Cup thrillers. The Babar Azam-led team is evenly matched against the Rohit Sharma-led team.
In a press conference held a day before the start of the mega event in Australia, Indian captain Rohit Sharma and Pakistan captain Babar Azam discussed their upcoming match against each other in the T20 World Cup. When asked about the India-Pakistan match, Babar said that Rohit is a senior and he will try to learn as much as possible from his skills and experience.
I Try To Take As Much Experience As Possible From Rohit Sharma – Babar Azam
“Ye (Rohit) bade hai mujhse, main koshish karta hu inse experience lu kyuki inhone itna serve kia hua hai toh jitni zyada sikhi jay wo accha hai hamare lie. (Rohit Sharma is older than me. I try to take as much experience as possible from him as he has been playing for a long time.),” said Babar.
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Rohit revealed the conversation he had with Babar Azam “We all talk about our families and all. We talk about life, what new car did you buy. That’s all we talk about.”
“Nahi jaise Babar ne bola… We understand the game against Pakistan, but there is no point in talking about it every time and creating that pressure within yourselves. Hum log aapas mein jab bhi mile jaise Asia Cup mile, abhi mile, hum puchte hai ‘ghar mein kya haalchaal hai? family kaisi hai?’ bas us cheez k bare mein hum bat karte hai.
“Aur jitne bhi inke teamates se main mila hu.. Jo hamare pahle generation k players hai unho bhi hame bataya tha apas mein gharr k bare mein baatchit hoti hai… ‘Life kaisi hai’ kaunsi nayi gaadi khareedi hai. Ye saab baat hoti hai. (Whenever we meet against the Pakistan players, we met them in the Asia Cup and now… we talk about how are things back home, how the families are.
“Even our previous generation cricketers also told us the same thing. We just talk about what is going on, how is life and what new car they have bought or they are about to buy),” said Rohit during the media session.