Manchester | Jagran Sports Desk: The Indian team in a much-awaited clash will face arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester and Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has declared that he wants to hold the World Cup trophy in his hands on July 14.

Hardik Pandya in an interview to ICC shared his feelings that representing India at the ‘World Cup’ means ‘everything’ for him and his ultimate aim is to hold the trophy on July 14.

"Playing for India means everything to me, this is my life. I am someone who plays the game with love and passion and loves challenges. For 2-3 years I have been preparing for this World Cup so the time has come," Hardik told ICC.

He said that he still remembered the night when India won the 2011 World Cup and it still gives goosebumps to him.

"On 14th July, I want a Cup in my hand. Even when I think of it (2011 win), it gives me goosebumps. Playing the World Cup 2019 has been a dream and my teammates are my brothers. My plan now is simple: win the World Cup, and I'm hoping that and I expect that from myself," said Pandya.

"No pressure because only maybe 1.5 billion people are expecting that so no pressure at all," said Pandya jokingly when asked if there is pressure on him to perform.

India will now face Pakistan on June 16 but the team would be without the service of opener Shikhar Dhawan.

The 31-year old got injured while facing Australian pacer Pat Cummins on June 9. What was initially seen to be a swelling in his left thumb turned out to be a hairline fracture after closer examination.

Young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was called as a back-up and he will be allowed into the dressing room only if the team management decides to declare Dhawan unfit for the remainder of the tournament.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma