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'Hold your breath...' Hardik Pandya hypes IND vs PAK match at ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Published at :June 7, 2024 at 10:26 PM
Modified at :June 7, 2024 at 10:26 PM
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India vice-captain Hardik Pandya made a big statement ahead of India’s next clash against Pakistan.

The ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is set to host the much-awaited clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on June 9. The two Asian giants will play each other at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York. Ahead of the high-voltage match, Men in Blue vice-captain Hardik Pandya said he feels that the upcoming IND vs PAK game will be a historic one.

In the ongoing tournament, the Rohit Sharma-led India started their campaign on a winning note. The Men in Blue crushed Paul Stirling’s Ireland by eight wickets at the Nassau County Stadium on June 5.

On the other hand, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan started their T20 World Cup 2024 journey on a horrific note. The Men in Green were defeated by co-hosts United States of America (USA) in a thrilling match on June 6 in Dallas. The clash went into the Super Over and the USA clinched the Super Over by five runs.

This is going to be history: Hardik Pandya ahead of IND vs PAK clash

In India’s opening game against the Irish side, Pandya scalped three wickets. In the upcoming clash against Pakistan, the Men in Blue will hope that he once again provides crucial breakthroughs with the ball and also chips in valuable runs with the bat.

“Standing in big games is very exciting for me. I find it extra special and Pakistan has been one team where I have been very fortunate, I have been able to do well in a lot of games. Hardik Pandya told Star Sports.

Speaking more about the high-profile match, Hardik reckoned the game will be a historic one as it will take place in the United States for the first time.

“It all comes down to the vibe. Hold your breath, this is a request. This is not a fight, this is going to be history,” said Pandya.

Lots of emotion during India vs Pakistan match: Hardik Pandya

The all-rounder added that the Indo-Pak match has always seen lots of emotion and excitement. Pandya asserted that one goal for his group during the high-voltage match would be to stay disciplined throughout the game.

“India-Pakistan has always been very exciting, a lot of cheer and buzz, a lot of emotion and a lot of excitement but at the same time, I hope we will be disciplined in that game, one goal as a group is we go and kind of hunt. So, if we can do that, I think it will be one more nice day for us,” Pandya added.

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