After the Pulwama terrorist attack, there has been major unrest in India. A lot of people have demanded Indian Cricket team not to play against Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup. India and Pakistan are set to lock horns on June 16 at the Old Trafford, Manchester. Indian captain Virat Kohli has made his stand clear about the match.
Kohli stands by the Government and BCCI on whatever decision will be made about facing Pakistan. On behalf of the team, he paid condolences to the family of the martyred soldiers. He is adamant that the team will stick to what the Board and the Government decides.
“Firstly, all our sincere condolences to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives from the Indian team and whole setup. We are really shocked about what happened and really sad about the incident that happened. Our stand is simple. We stick by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do and that is basically our opinion. Whatever the Government and the Board decide eventually, we will go by that and we will respect that,” said Kohli in the press conference before the first T20I against Australia in Visakhapatnam.
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Several opinions poured about the India-Pakistan game
While the people of India want the team to boycott the Pakistan game in the World Cup, a few big names have come up with different opinions. Sachin Tendulkar had spoken on the matter and he felt India should play and defeat Pakistan. Sunil Gavaskar too had similar opinions.
“India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament. Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart,” said Tendulkar as quoted by CricketNext.