New Indian captain is nervous ahead of crucial match against Pakistan

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New Indian captain is nervous ahead of crucial match against Pakistan

DUBAI - New Indian captain seems to be nervous ahead of the crucial match against Pakistan.

Rohit Sharma who is leading India for the first time in a major international tournament at the Asia Cup 2018 says he is “a bit nervous, but very excited”, reported ICC link.

With Virat Kohli rested for the tournament, Sharma will call the shots over the next week-and-a-bit in the United Arab Emirates.

He’s donned this role before, though, and to considerable success: He led India to the Nidahas Trophy title against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in March, and 2-1 and 3-0 victories in one-day internationals and Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka in December.

Despite that, there are some nerves. “Captaincy is a big responsibility,” he told reporters on the eve of India’s tournament-opener against Hong Kong. “I’ve done it before in a series, but this is a very big tournament for me. I’m quite excited. A bit nervous, obviously, but very excited.

“It’s an important tournament, and I’ve played with these boys quite a bit, so we understand each other. I’m looking forward to it.”