‘India versus Pakistan would be louder’: Kohli says after watching FA Cup final

He watched the match with his wife Anushka Sharma

By Web Desk
June 06, 2023
Virat Kohli (L) watched the match with his wife Anushka Sharma (R) — Manchester City

Indian star Virat Kohli has compared the English FA Cup final with the blockbuster Pakistan-India clash in cricket.

Kohli, along with his wife Anushka Sharma, watched the FA Cup final on June 3 where Manchester City beat Manchester United 2-1 to clinch the trophy.

"I've played in different stadiums across the world, and what you get in, probably every football game, we get it in premier games of cricket. For example, India versus Pakistan, that probably would be louder, but the passion that we see in fans here, how strongly they support their teams in every game, is incredible to watch," Kohli said in a video posted by City’s official Twitter account.

Kohli also said that he follows City's football matches closely especially after his chat with manager Pep Guardiola.

"Watching Manchester City play is a great thing because I follow the team pretty closely ever since I had a chat with Pep to understand his mindset," he added.

City will face Inter Milan in the final of the UEFA Champions League on June 10 as they look to win a treble this season. The English side has already won the Premier League and FA Cup this season.

Earlier, Kohli said his team can't be taken lightly as they are all set to lock horns with Australia in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final, scheduled from June 7-11 at The Oval.

Speaking to Star Sports, Kohli said they are confident to give tough time to Australia.

"We can't be taken lightly as a Test team. We can see the respect the oppositions have for us. They expect us to give a close fight even in their conditions. We can't be taken lightly anymore," he said.

The right-handed batter believes that the respect element was added to the India-Australia rivalry after they won against the Aussies in 2018 and 2019.

“The rivalry between India and Australia, in the early days, used to be a lot [more] intense. There used to be a tense environment. But after we won two series in Australia, the rivalry has turned into respect,” he added.