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Kohli: India-Pakistan World Cup result 'won't last a lifetime'
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Kohli: India-Pakistan World Cup result 'won't last a lifetime'

Virat Kohli has asked to play down the hype around the much anticipated India Pakistan World Cup clash, saying the impact of the result will "not last a lifetime".

India have dominated in their World Cup clashes against Pakistan by winning all six encounters and enter the game high on confidence with two victories and a washout against New Zealand.

But there is 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.

Kohli said his side would play to their strengths rather than worrying about the weaknesses of any opposition.

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"We're not focusing on the opposition, so for us no one's a threat. For us, no one player matters more than the other," Kohli said at Old Trafford on Saturday.

"It's about going into the park as the Indian cricket team and taking on whichever team is in front of us. If we play well, we can beat any side in the world," he said.

'Game starts and finishes at a certain time'

Following cross-border tensions between two countries earlier, there were calls of boycotting the game by some Indian fans and ex-players. 

"I think the best way to approach something like this, if one focuses too much on what's going on the outside, it's to understand that the game starts tomorrow at a certain time and it finishes at a certain time," said Kohli.

"So it's not going to last a lifetime for you, whether you do well or you don't," the captained reasoned with a blank expression.

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He added: "From the fans' point of view, looking at the atmosphere and frenzy around the game, I wouldn't say it's easy to think like a player. For the players, it's very, very crucial to be absolutely professional."

With the forecast of rain looming over the match, Kohli said he won’t be rigid in his approach and would think of different combinations for different conditions.

"We can't be rigid in our approach because, if the conditions are very different from what we played in the last game, then we'll have to think of different combinations, " he said.

"If the length of the game is going to be full and we expect the game to be 50 overs both sides, then we'll probably think of another combination, but we'll have to be flexible."