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Nothing changes in our head when we face Pak: Kohli on Champions Trophy tie

Kohli was speaking ahead of the team's departure for England

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Virat Kohli
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli during a press conference in Mumbai

captain on Wednesday played down the hype surrounding their upcoming marquee clash with arch-rivals in the Champions Trophy, saying it is just another game of cricket for the players.

Defending champions will be opening their campaign against at the Edgbaston, on June 4 amidst tense bilateral relations between the two nations.

Asked if playing in the current political scenario is a good thing, Kohli said: "What do you think? You seem to have come here with your own mindset. With all due respect, whatever else is going on, as a cricketer, you can't even think about your partner at the other end when you are batting.

"It's about playing the game. Yes, is always exciting for the fans. It's different for them. For us, it is just a game of cricket. In our heads nothing really changes, it's exactly the same for us. It's not the first time we are playing against them. Playing for India, you don't need extra motivation."

Kohli was speaking ahead of the team's departure for

have been the dominant side in the World T20 and the 50-over World Cup, leading Pakistan 11-0.

However, in the Champions Trophy, Pakistan have a superior record with two wins against India's first win over their rivals coming only in the last edition, in 2013.

The is scheduled to begin from June 1 when hosts taking on Bangladesh while India will begin their campaign three days later.

The Men in Blue last won the tournament in 2013 when they defeated in the finals by five runs under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

After playing Pakistan, India are scheduled to play Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11 in London.

First Published: Wed, May 24 2017. 17:53 IST