Pakistan game will bring the best out of us, says Virat Kohli

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2019

"For Sunday, we know we're there when it comes to the mindset".

Shikhar Dhawan's fractured left hand will be assessed after 10-12 days and India captain Virat Kohli hopes the batsman's positive mindset will help his recovery. Since both India and New Zealand were forced to split points, now India are set to take up the Pakistan challenge on Sunday. In the short-term India will use KL Rahul in the opening position.

Dhawan was injured during India's match against Australia in which he scored 117.

Dhawan suffered the injury as a result of a nasty blow from a rising delivery by Australia paceman Pat Cummins in the early phase of his innings but went on to complete his 17th one-day worldwide century.

Dhawan, however, played no further part in the match after his dismissal, with substitute Ravindra Jadeja taking the field in his place as India comfortably defended their total of 352 for five to complete a 36-run victory.

Kohli admitted that Indo-Pak matches could be intimidating.

Meanwhile, rising star Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are on the BCCI´s official stand-by list in case a replacement for Dhawan is needed.

"The best case scenario is he is ready in about two weeks time because of the pain threshold he has". And looks like rain will continue to play spoilsport in the up and coming games as well. India and Pakistan have met in World Cup cricket six times and Pakistan have yet to beat India on this stage. Kohli was speaking after the game between India and New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

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