The enormity of the India-Pakistan match is not lost on R Ashwin, who considers it bigger than the Ashes but the Indian off spinner also feels that players will have to keep their emotions in check during Today high voltage World T20 clash in Kolkata. India and Pakistan are heading into the much anticipated clash with contrasting results. The hosts suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of New Zealand while Pakistan roared into form with a crushing win over Bangladesh.

Ashwin said:

“This rivalry is huge, it’s very hard to put a finger and tell how huge it is. It’s probably bigger than the Ashes is.”

“As far as Indians and Pakistanis go, I don’t think they watch this as a game of cricket. It’s more of a border rivalry.”

“They put their emotions into the game. For the players it’s trying keeping their emotions aside and playing the game the best way we can.”

“I think if ever there is an international team that can put that the opening loss behind, it is us.”

“From here on if we go through we will be probably more dangerous than we were at the start of the tournament.”

“We just take it as easy as possible. As far as the Pakistan game is concerned, we will take it lightly. We are used to playing a lot of India-Pakistan game. Every game that India plays is a pressure game. We are pretty much used to it.”

“Cricket is a psychological game. I find it quite amusing, when people say you will have to keep it simple, it’s not. It’s a psychological game. Unless you’re exceptionally talented you find yourself losing a psychological battle.”

the India-Pakistan rivalry bigger than the Ashes, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday asserted that the hosts were more focused on performing well in the World T20 2016 rather than pondering over their opponents.


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