T20 World Cup: 'You play fire with fire' USA’s Ali Khan on facing India’s Virat Kohli

India and USA will face each other today in New York

By Web Desk
June 12, 2024
USA players are excited to play against India. - ICC/AFP

USA is set to play against India in the T20 World Cup 2024 today at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

The USA players are excited to play against India and are hoping for positive results for them. Ali Khan, born in Attock, Pakistan, is representing the USA in the competition and he is excited to play face India’s Virat Kohli in the mega event.

Talking to the official broadcaster ahead of the game, Ali revealed that Kohli has been one of his favourite players for a long time, "Well, Virat Kohli has of course, always been one of the favourites and coming up against him and playing against him, it will be really, really good.”

He also stated that he is going to face Kohli with equal fire and praised the Indian batter, "He's very passionate on the field, but so am I. On the field, if things get heated up, then they get heated up. I mean, you play fire with fire. He's right up there. He's, you know, they call him King Kohli for a reason," he added.

The USA is captained by Monank Patel, who is an Indian-born cricketer. Patel revealed the emotional aspect of playing against India, "You dream about these kinds of things. Suddenly you see yourself with Rohit Sharma on the toss time. It's unreal. It will be a high-pressure game, we don't want to focus too much on them right now. We want to play the brand of cricket we want to play against all the teams."

The two teams have played two games in the T20 World Cup so far and have won both of them. The USA opened their World Cup campaign against Canada and then defeated last edition’s runners-up Pakistan in a super-over.

Whereas India played their first game against Ireland and then brutally won against arch-rivals Pakistan after an outstanding bowling display.

India sits at the top spot on the points table of Group A and is followed by the USA sitting in the second spot.