Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar Image Credits: Twitter

In the Asia Cup, India received a nice wake-up call, according to former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. India now has to identify their starting lineup for the forthcoming World Cup in Australia. 

India had a strong start to the current competition by winning both of their group games. But after losing to Pakistan on Sunday and Sri Lanka on Tuesday, the season has come to an end.  

Even if Rohit Sharma and his team have a remote possibility of winning, it will rely on the outcomes of the other games and does appear difficult right now. 

Shoaib Akhtar Wants India To Reach Final Of Asia Cup

India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2022
India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2022 Photo Credit: (BCCI/Twitter)

While it may now appear difficult, Akthar remarked in a video posted on his YouTube account that he hopes India wins large and plays in the final on Sunday. He continued by saying that Sharma shouldn’t be replaced as captain. He continued by claiming that their camp seemed to be quite confused about the final eleven. 

“I hope India does win big and play the final with us but the only option they have is if Pakistan loses two matches, which I don’t think will happen. But I hope India will be in the Super Sunday final but it, didn’t happen as of now.” 

“The one mistake India shouldn’t commit now is changing the captain. Rohit Sharma looks very uncomfortable, he is shouting. The final eleven you have seen in the last three games, they have made so many changes. For me, it looks like there’s a lot of uncertainty in their camp,” said Shoaib Akhtar. 

This Is A Good Thing For India: Shoaib Akhtar

Rohit Sharma Suryakuamr Yadav
Rohit Sharma Suryakuamr Yadav. Image Credits: BCCI

The former Pakistani bowler continued by saying that India’s performance in the Asia Cup was a fantastic wake-up call and that they now needed to identify their optimum eleven before the World Cup. 

“If you want to look at the high side, India has got a good wakeup call. From here, India need to find their final eleven. This is a good thing for India. So before the World Cup, India has got a good wakeup call and they can decide on their final eleven. Now they know where they’re weak,” said Shoaib Akhtar. 

India Should Improve Their Bowling: Shoaib Akhtar

Akthar said that India should discover the last five bowlers for their World Cup roster and work on their bowling. He also complimented Arshdeep Singh and said it was encouraging to watch Hardik Pandya bowl more than 140. 

Arshdeep Singh and Rohit Sharma
Arshdeep Singh and Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

“From here, India should improve their bowling. They need to find their five bowlers in their final eleven. One more good thing is that Hardik Pandya is bowling above 140 and Arshdeep Singh is bowling well. Yes, he dropped the catch, but mistakes happen. But he is a very good fast bowler.” 

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“He bowled well in the final over. Unfortunately, he could win the match but he bowled very well that over. I really think he is a good talent,” said Shoaib Akhtar.  

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