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IND vs PAK: Ahead of blockbuster Asia Cup clash, Pakistan fans show their unwavering admiration for Virat Kohli

The highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is scheduled to take place on September 2nd at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.

Anticipation has reached a feverish pitch among cricket fans in Pakistan as the countdown begins for the much-awaited Asia Cup 2023. The hosts will kick off the tournament by taking on Nepal in the first match at the iconic Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan on Wednesday. However, the practice session for both the Nepal and Pakistan teams at the stadium was delayed due to the scorching heat. Nevertheless, tight security arrangements have been put in place around the stadium to ensure a safe and successful event.

This year’s tournament holds even more excitement as it marks the return of the 50-over format after a five-year hiatus. The Asia Cup is not only followed closely by cricket enthusiasts within the continent but also by fans worldwide. The clash between established cricketing giants and debutants in the continental tournament has captured the attention of cricket lovers across the globe.

One notable figure who has garnered a significant fan base in Pakistan is former India captain Virat Kohli, affectionately known as King Kohli due to his numerous achievements. Many fans in Pakistan are eager to witness the Indian team play in their country, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the tournament.

“Many teams are going to play in Pakistan. If India had come then the excitement level would have been much higher. Everyone here loves Virat Kohli. There are a lot of Indian fans in Pakistan too and everyone likes Virat Kohli. Think it’s the beginning. Next time India will definitely come for the Champions Trophy in Pakistan,” said a local who follows cricket regularly.

The 20-year-old right-arm pacer, Naseem Shah, is currently making waves in the world of cricket. During the first ODI against Afghanistan, leading up to the Asia Cup 2023, he showcased his talent by bowling five overs, conceding a mere 12 runs, and securing one wicket.

Another player to keep an eye on in Pakistan’s pace bowling lineup is their left-arm pacer, Shaheen Afridi. His explosive opening spells have left even the most skilled batters cautious and on guard.

“We hope that the way Pakistan has played with Afghanistan, it will perform in the same way in the Asia Cup. We have hopes from Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah. No team is weak, luck also matters as in the match between Zimbabwe and Pakistan. We have hope that Pakistan will win the Asia Cup. Best wishes,” said a local who loves cricket.

“It is a matter of happiness that Asia Cup matches are being held in Pakistan. We are not very happy with the hybrid model. It would have been nice if other teams also played in Multan,” he added.

The highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is scheduled to take place on September 2nd at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. This match will serve as the inaugural game for the Men in Blue, marking the beginning of their campaign.

As co-hosts, Pakistan took the lead in announcing their squad, with Babar Azam leading the charge. They have been placed in Group A, alongside formidable opponents India and Nepal.

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