Dhaka: Pakistan will start their campaign at World Twenty20 with a high-octane clash against India but skipper Mohammad Hafeez believes the "pressure" of locking horns against the arch-rivals in the opening match will act as a "motivation" for the side. (Shahid Afridi eager to help Pakistan win second World Twenty20 title)
"I always say that an India-Pakistan match is full of pressure but you enjoy playing it," Hafeez said.
"As a captain I am happy that it's the first match and if you do well in such an opening match you obviously feel much easier in upcoming matches as far as pressure is concerned. Obviously you can't take any team with lighter hands but in an India match, we would want to start off doing well. (Pakistan best in the world, says Shahid Afridi)
"The element of pressure is actually a factor of motivation. It is always an extreme pleasure with the crowd response and we always enjoy playing against India and for the upcoming match we are very excited," he added.