He said,"We have always excited for the India-Pakistan match. I've told the boys to not pay attention to what people are saying or writing, but to focus on their cricket".
In recent times, however, the rivalry between the two cricketing giants has been one-sided with India enjoying the lion's share of positive results.
For those living on the sub-continent, however, passion can turn into an obsession - and one often taken too far. "You will see a fighting team", Sarfraz said. The 35-year old said that he maintains good relations with Pakistani players but the scenario changes when they are pitted against each other on the field.
A shortened match is not always in the best interest of a favourite team and the betting companies here have no doubt which side is the favourite.
Kohli "is right in calling it just another game, because he does not want to put more pressure on him and the players", said former India opener Chetan Chauhan. Overall in England, both the rivals have played three matches against each other. The way most of the Indian players performed in the two warm-up games, one can say that India have the edge over their rivals, but it has also given skipper Virat Kohli a hard task of picking the right combination.
In the First Group "B" match South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 96 runs at Oval, London last night.
Malik will be keen to guide his side to a rare win over India.
"I have told my players not to get affected by the hype and the buzz surrounding the India Pakistan game but to focus on their strengths", he added.
Laxman praised the Indian batsmen for showing the temperament and skills in English conditions.
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Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri had earlier said that the Champions Trophy is only an overdose of cricket for the audience and equally hard on the players.
The two sides have not played a bilateral series since 2012-2013, and India have refused to consider the idea without an end to "cross border terrorism" - code for alleged militant incursions along the disputed Kashmir border.
"This time it is going to be short and crisp, with only eight teams involved so it is going to be a highly competitive tournament and I think there are 4-5 contenders who can win the trophy", he added.