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We Just Need To Show Up And Do Well: Rohit Sharma On Facing Pakistan In World Cup Encounter

ODI World Cup 2023: India will play Pakistan at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday, October 14, following victories over Australia and Afghanistan in the first two games of the competition.

India's captain, Rohit Sharma, is not dwelling too much on the forthcoming ODI World Cup 2023 matchup with Pakistan after his team defeated Afghanistan for the second time running on Wednesday.

Thanks to Rohit's historic century in Delhi, India crushed Afghanistan by eight wickets. With five sixes and sixteen fours in his 131 off 84 balls, he made the 273-run chase for Men in Blue look easy. With Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer still undefeated at 55* and 25* runs, respectively, India reached the mark in 35 overs.

On Saturday, October 14, in Ahmedabad, India will play their highly awaited tournament encounter against their bitter rivals, Pakistan.

While there is a lot of excitement surrounding the intense match, Rohit's philosophy is to remain composed and concentrate on what the players can do well to win the match.

It's important to us to focus only on the things we can control and to ignore other influences. All we have to do is show up and perform. We can control things like the pitch's characteristics and the combos we can play. We won't worry about what occurs outside. "It's all about concentrating on our abilities as players and our performance," Rohit stated during the presentation held after the game.

Regarding the victory over Afghanistan, Rohit stated that the team is headed in the right direction and would love to carry that momentum into the main event.

It was crucial for us to gain momentum early in the competition, so it was a nice victory. It all comes down to handling pressure and making the correct call in the field. The enemy will cast a spell where you will need to withstand pressure," he declared.

"We had engaged in these kinds of games prior to the competition. Our team consists of players with a variety of skill levels. They provide the squad with various game-related traits, and having that puts you in a strong position as a unit. The opener said, "We have guys who can absorb like the last game and guys who can play fearless cricket with the bat."

India, who have won two of their last three games, are now only four points behind New Zealand in the standings, who have a superior net run rate (+1.958).