Pakistan cricket team skipper Shahid Afridi had warm words for India during his press conference in Kolkata on Sunday, 13 March.
Speaking to reporters a day after the team's arrival, Afridi said that he was happy to be in India, where he was even more loved than in Pakistan.
"India mein humne humesha cricket enjoy kia, yahan ke logon se humein bahut pyar mila, itna pyar humein Pak mein bhi ni mila jitna yahan," he said.
[I have always enjoyed cricket in India. I have always received a lot of love from the people here; even in Pakistan I haven't been this loved.]
On the much-hyped encounter against India on 19 March, he said, "India are playing very good cricket. If you look at last game against us in Asia cup, Virat and Yuvraj did really well." he said.
Shoaib Malik, meanwhile, too had some kind words for the host nation of the tournament. "I am very happy to be in India, I always get a lot of love. I am honored to be in India...you could figure it out their games have improved big time," he said.
"My wife is from India. I come to India a lot, I never had any security issues. This is a great opportunity for us to perform well and bring Pakistan where the rest of the world is," he added.
Pakistan will take on India in their second group stage game at the Eden Gardens on Saturday, 19 March.