Win or lose, World Cup won’t end on Sunday: Kohli on Pakistan match

Ahead of the marquee clash against Pakistan, Virat Kohli stressed that the bigger picture — winning the World Cup — is what matters the most to him.

Virat Kohli stressed that him and his players will have "a professional approach" to the Pakistan game.   -  AP

Immune to frenzy around every India-Pakistan clash, captain Virat Kohli says staying focussed on the bigger goal was important since the tournament would not end with World Cup’s most awaited match on Sunday.

While he is aware of all the hoopla around the match, Kohli won’t let one World Cup contest dictate his thought process.

The Indian captain was asked, six to seven times, the same question about the external pressure, hype and how tough this match could be and he very eloquently warded off all the queries, giving away very little.

“The game starts at a certain time and finishes at a certain time. So this is not going to last a lifetime, if you do well or even if you don’t,” Kohli was at his pragmatic best during the pre-match interaction.

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For the skipper, the bigger picture — winning the World Cup — is what matters the most.

“Whether we do well or not tomorrow, it’s not going to finish. The tournament still has to go on and focus has to be on larger picture. No one person takes more pressure than the others.

“Eleven guys share the responsibility. The weather is not in anyone’s hands. We have to see whatever amount of game we get, we need to be mentally ready to do whatever we need to,” the skipper said.

Being in constant limelight has made him very conscious about the electronic media looking for that ticker-grabber and the skipper wasn’t in a mood to relent.

Nothing to prove

“I don’t have to go out there and prove to the world that I have to win some kind of contest,” said Kohli. “I have never entertained these things till date and won’t do it near future. You can even get out to a part timer. I keep things that simple and basic.”

He has had some memorable performances against Pakistan but talk about his 183 at Mirpur, he would be quick to point out others contribution.

“If you talk about Mirpur, even Rohit batted very well and we had a lengthy stand. MS (Dhoni) and (Suresh) Raina then finished the game and at the start Sachin paaji (Tendulkar) played a great knock. It wasn’t as if I scored 330 out of 340 required. It’s good to create an external hoopla but we inside the change room know how to recognise each and every contribution.”

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He however accepted that it’s not fair to expect that fans would be very logical in their thought process.

“I can’t tell fans to think in a particular manner. We have a professional approach to the game as we can’t get too emotional or over excited. So, mindset of the players will be different from that of fans.

“Our attention span has to be very precise on field. We have that split second to make a decision but from a fans point of view I would say that it’s not easy to think like a player.”