Playing down the hype over the potentially high-voltage India-Pakistan World T20 match to be played here on March 19, World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir said on Saturday that the team's focus should be on winning the title.

This is all created by media to get TRPs and stuff like that. It's not 'the' match. The bigger thing is that whoever is playing in the World Cup will look to win the trophy. India-Pakistan is just another match," Gambhir, a member of India's 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winning teams, said at an interactive session at the Calcutta Club today.

People make it a hype but if you ask any sportsman they don't see it's 'the' game. The bigger aim is to win the World Cup.
India captain MS Dhoni with Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. AFPIndia captain MS Dhoni with Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. AFP

I would expect people to support India, that's very natural. The most important thing that people should enjoy good cricket," he added.
He further said that the job would be tougher for India from a 'Group of death' also featuring Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.

It will be pretty tough for India with the kind of group they're in. Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan are always very unpredictable. They need really have to get their A team forward if they want to go all the way."

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