Team India skipper Rohit Sharma addressed the media on Friday along with the captains of other participating nations, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong, before the 2018 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. It has been 12 years since India last played in the United Arab Emirates and Rohit Sharma said that her unit is very excited to be back and is ready for the challenges that lie ahead. "We are very happy to have returned here, we have already played a great cricket and I hope this is a great learning opportunity before the World Cup," said Rohit Sharma at the press conference.
India will face archrival Pakistan after an interval of 15 months, when asked about the most anticipated clash on September 19. Rohit said his team is very excited to face Pakistan after the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2017. Surely everyone is waiting for it, but we will only focus on the game we have in hand.
"It's always exciting to play against Pakistan, they have been great lately and they have played cricket very well," he added.
When asked what makes the defending champions the favorites to win the tournament, Rohit said that each team will have to improve their game, as it will not be easy for anyone, as all teams will try to give their best.
"Each team will be looking at the title and each team has its own strengths, it's going to be a competitive tournament," said Rohit.
"The first time I'm captaining a full tour and I'm very excited," he added.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that it is a great opportunity for all the participating teams and that everyone will try to give their best to entertain the fans.
The 2018 edition of the Asian Cup will be launched with a clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Saturday.
India, who are in Group A, will play their first game against Hong Kong on September 18 before facing Pakistan the next day.