India vs South Africa ICC Champions Trophy: Cricket is treated like a religion in India and players are treated not less than gods. Over the years, Indian cricket fans have set new benchmarks for others to follow by pushing their limits and doing near impossible things for their team. These performances have been much appreciated and fans have always responded in kind to support their team. In another such act, fans were seen offering prayers for the victory of Indian cricket team in the match against South Africa, reported ANI. In the images posted by the agency, fans can be seen reciting Hanuman Chalisa for Team India’s victory.
India started its campaign on a high note in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy by defeating Pakistan by 124 runs in its opening game. However, Virat Kohli’s men were shocked by Sri Lanka in their second match as India lost by 7 wickets, making the clash against South Africa, a do-or-die one. However, the Indian skipper looked confident about his side’s chances.
Kohli sweating it in the nets:
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“Everyone looks forward to games like these and everyone is very excited,” said Kohli, in a press conference ahead of the match. On whether there is a difference when a league game turns into a knock-out match, he replied: “I think you need to have a good balance of being competitive as well as passionate but at the same time, not getting over-excited.” Kohli cautioned that over-excitement can mess up their plans.
“A lot of times, teams come in and they want to do something special and end up messing up the game in important situations. The team that can have the most composure, I would say, to sum it up, will have a better chance of winning of the game tomorrow. I think composure will be the biggest word for tomorrow,” he added.