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New Delhi: India all-rounder Vijay Shankar has recalled his World Cup debut which got here in a high-octane conflict towards Pakistan in Manchester final yr.

Talking on Bharat Army podcast throughout ‘Cricket World Cup 2019 Rewind’, Shankar additionally revealed how the Indian gamers have been abused by a Pakistan fan earlier than their group-stage match towards the arch-rivals on June 16 on the Old Trafford.

“Few of us players had gone out for coffee one day before the game, when a Pakistan fan came up to us and he was literally abusing us. So that was my first experience of an India-Pakistan game,” Shankar mentioned.

“We just had to take it. He was abusing us and recording everything, so we couldn’t react. All we could do was sit and watch what he was doing,” he added.

During the course of the dialog, the 29-year-old additionally revealed how forward of the large Pakistan match, spending some chill time with wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik helped him cope higher with strain.

“It’s very hard for me to sit in a room and do nothing,” Shankar mentioned. “I want to go out for a coffee and all and I had Dinesh Karthik with me. So the two of us would go out for coffee. We used to have some fun, which is very important, I feel, because the pressure is very high. So we just have to give some time to ourselves, ease out and chill.”

The all-rounder had a dream begin to his World Cup profession. After remaining unbeaten on 15 with the bat, Shankar received the wicket on the very first ball he bowled, trapping Pakistan opener Imam ul Haq in entrance of the wickets.

India finally gained that recreation by 89 runs (DLS methodology) and continued their unbeaten report towards Pakistan in ODI World Cups making it seven wins in seven encounters.