Asia Cup Cricket

INDIA VS HONG KONG PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

ROHIT SHARMA, INDIA CAPTAIN

On Conditions: “As a team a lot of the guys have come from England so the heat is going to be a challenge for them. For the rest of us we have been here for four days and we are now used to the conditions, but without a doubt it is going to be tough conditions out there. But as I said at the beginning we are treating every team as equal, we are not looking at the opposition, we are looking at what we want to do as a team and improve as a team. There are a lot of games coming up for us including the big World Cup, so it is important for us to focus as team on what we want to do as individuals rather than the opposition. We will focus on the game rather than the conditions.

 

On Captaincy: “This is a very big tournament for me and I am captaining the side, it is exciting, I am also a bit nervous. I have played with all these players for some time and we all understand each other well. This is important and I am looking forward to it.

 

On India-Pakistan: “Right now we are not focusing on Pakistan because tomorrow we are playing against Hong Kong tomorrow and we have to focus on that particular team. After that game we will focus on Pakistan’s strengths and weaknesses. We have not played here (UAE) for a long time some of the guys played here was during IPL in 2014. It has been a long time since we played at this venue, so tomorrow is a perfect chance for us to assess the conditions, wickets, dimensions of the ground. It is important that you understand all of that and take it into your game.”

ANSHUMAN RATH, HONG KONG CAPTAIN

“Hopefully we can adapt to the conditions, and you know India is another powerhouse, probably the best white ball team in the world. So we are going in with no pressure, with a smile on our face and to try and show the world what we can do.”

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