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'Rise to the occasion and become heroes': Arthur tells Pakistan players
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'Rise to the occasion and become heroes': Arthur tells Pakistan players

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has urged his players to ‘rise to the occasion’ and become heroes by beating archrivals India at Manchester on Sunday.

India have dominated in their World Cup clashes against Pakistan by winning all six encounters, but Arthur has told his players to stand up and become heroes.

"It doesn't get more exciting," said Arthur in a press conference ahead of the clash. "I am telling our players in the dressing room, you could be a hero tomorrow.

"Your careers are going to be defined by a moment in the game. You do something incredible tomorrow, you'll be remembered forever."

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Arthur has already been a part of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph in 2017 where Pakistan thrashed India and knows what to expect from the biggest clash in cricket.

But there is even more pressure on Pakistan to deliver as they have started poorly in their World Cup campaign, winning just one of their opening four games of the tournament.

A third defeat could halt their prospects of qualifying for the semi-finals.

"Obviously, there's a massive hype that's created a lot of time by the media really," said Arthur of the media war across the border.

"There's always pressure in any game, and these games carry exactly the same amount of points."

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India, on the other hand, have started off extremely well, beating South Africa and Australia convincingly following a wash out against New Zealand at Nottingham.

But Arthur is hopeful of Mohammad Amir’s prospects of ripping through India’s top-order.

"We're comfortable that we can get out there and perform, and we are so excited about the opportunity tomorrow," he added.

"When you get into the Indian top order, you can create a little bit of havoc."

Arthur also backed middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik to come back strong after managing just eight runs in three matches in the World Cup so far.

"What I do know is Shoaib Malik brings a hell of a lot to our dressing room. He is an incredible team man. He has incredible skills, and I'm hoping that, on the biggest stage tomorrow, those skills come to the fore."