Citing the occasion, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar invited former India opening batsman Virender Sehwag for a video chat which was eventually published on the former's official YouTube channel.
India's record against Pakistan and the trend in this tournament thus far says India should win the toss, elect to bat if it wants to win Sunday. "The atmosphere from the outside, for the first time, it's a bit intimidating, but we'll look to execute well", he continued.
Amir´s five wickets against Australia lifted his haul to 10 at the World Cup so far and he is relishing his return to form after almost missing out on selection.
"My friends said before the tournament that they want to come, I said okay come but if you're expecting anything from me then better stay at home and enjoy the games on TV", Kohli said during his pre-match press conference on Saturday. The television audience will be enormous.
Under Kohli, India have made a strong start to their quest for a third World Cup title, with a clinical victory against holders Australia.
"We have to win every single game now", the pacer said in an interview with Pakistan Cricket Board's website.
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India beat Pakistan in their most recent encounter at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates a year ago.
"We are quite ready to take that game on", Kohli said of the Pakistan encounter, in comments published by the BBC. "This game presents an unbelievable opportunity for these guys to really make a mark". It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game. This is the first game of the 2019 World Cup at Old Trafford. "Intercity travel is still being done in buses whereas football teams in the English Premier League have moved onto trains for travel as it saves time", the source pointed.
Imam-ul-Haq scored a half-century in the loss to Australia, a result that was a lot closer in the moment than it appears on paper, and said it's now or never with semifinals spots at stake.
Both the team have not played a bilateral series since 2013; they have mostly faced each other in multilateral events.
"We are not focusing on the opposition, so for us, no one is a threat".
India won comfortably but it was Pakistan's Javed Miandad who stole the show with his cheeky on-field antics.
If that wasn't enough, an ad war has broken out: Star Sports released a "Father's Day" promo in India, claiming that the country had fathered Pakistan and Bangladesh.