India v Pakistan: Hardik Pandya says team will treat Champions Trophy clash as 'a normal game'

PTI, Jun, 03 2017

Birmingham: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has played down the hype surrounding the ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan, saying the team will take it as a "normal game".

India's Hardik Pandya in the nets during a practice session ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy Group B match against Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Hardik Pandya in the nets during a practice session ahead of India's match against Pakistan at Edgbaston. AP

Pandya said that they will approach the match as any other One-Day International and it's important that they do not get bogged down by pressure.

"I think as a team we will take it as a normal game, it's best we don't take any unnecessary pressure. It will be a normal game, we have to make sure we play the best cricket," Pandya said.

India have an all-win record against the arch-rivals in World Cups, but Pakistan hold an edge in the Champions Trophy.

India have only managed to win once in their three meetings against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy.

Published Date: Jun 03, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 03, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115