India skipper Sharma said his team will be looking beyond Pakistan. “It’s always exciting to play Pakistan, but it’s not about one team as well. There are other teams also eyeing the title,” said Sharma, who has the rare record of scoring three one-day international double hundreds.
All six teams have to endure extreme hot conditions in the UAE, with the temperature scaling to over 40 degrees Celsius and expected to rise further in the coming days.
Sharma said “A few players have come from England so it’s going to be a challenge for them.
“For the rest of us, we have been here for the last four days so I can probably say we are very much used to the conditions.
“It’s game time, so we have to focus on the game rather than the conditions.”
Sarfraz has told his players just to enjoy the occasion. “My message to the players is not to bother about the result and do (their) best and when you do that you get a positive result in all matches because there are five other teams as well,” he said.
“They have good players who have done well for India. So I don’t think it will make much difference to India. Their batting is very strong so I can say that it will be a good match.”