Relish the big occasion and nothing can go wrong, dread it, and you could lose before the scheduled start of the game
It’a grand occasion, a celebration in the two participating countries, a rivalry that goes far beyond cricket, a game that makes you tread across the entire spectrum of emotions, a match that is of far more importance than any personal chore. India vs Pakistan is an emotion that is tough to explain. Two nations would come to a stand still today, cricket fans would be glued to their TV sets and even peopl who aren’t great fans of the game would try and soak in the occasion, because when an India-Pakistan game comes knocking you embrace the occasion with all your might.
While the fans go to new lengths to describe the gravity of India-Pakistan encounter, for the players it’s all about play the occasion down. Because big occasions bring anxiety, and anxiety increases the entropy in the system, causing things to haywire. For the players, it is very important to create a facade, a lens rather, a lens which helps you view the game from a different perspective, a lens that makes you forget all about the rivalry and fools you into believing that it is just another game of cricket.
Pakistan have played the tournament in a way that only Pakistan could. A heart wrenching and humiliating loss to India in the opener, a brilliant next 3 games, where they pipped quality sides like South Africa, Sri Lanka and England to force their way into the final. Not many had given them a chance, but you should count Pakistan out at your own peril.
India have been clinical in this tournament. They did have that slight blip against Sri Lanka in their second game, but apart from that they have looked sharp in all aspects of the game. They need to repeat it one more time, and they need to factor in the ‘pressure’ aspect for today’s game. Kohli has played down the big occasion, but of course, it’s easier said that done.
Let’s get to business now!
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