The Telegraph
Sunday , March 16 , 2014
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Pressure will motivate us, believes Hafeez

Dhaka: Pakistan will start their campaign at World T20 with a high-octane clash against India but captain Mohammad Hafeez believes the “pressure” of locking horns against the arch-rivals in the opening match will act as a “motivation” for the side.

“I always say that an India-Pakistan match is a big match but you enjoy playing it,” Hafeez said. “As a captain I am happy that it’s the first match and if you do well in such an opening match you obviously feel much easier in upcoming matches as far as pressure is concerned. Obviously you can’t take any team lightly, but in an India match, we would want to start off doing well.

“The element of pressure is actually a factor of motivation. It is always an extreme pleasure with the crowd response and we always enjoy playing against India and for the upcoming match we are very excited,” he added. The 2009 champions, Pakistan had finished runners-up in the inaugural edition in 2007. Besides, they reached the semis twice.

In the recently-concluded Asia Cup too, Pakistan reached the finals and Hafeez said his team has the momentum ahead of the World T20 event. “Momentum in any tournament plays an important role and with sort of cricket we have played in Asia Cup, we have got that momentum,” Hafeez said. (PTI)