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On August 28, Team India and Pakistan will square off in a pivotal 2022 Asia Cup match. This will be the first men’s cricket encounter between the two teams since their resounding 10-wicket victory over India in the T20 World Cup contest last year.

India was eliminated in the group stages, but Pakistan advanced to the tournament’s semifinals where they faced a loss to the eventual champions Australia. 

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India’s Focus Will Be On The Asia Cup: Rashid Latif

Under the leadership of new captain Rohit Sharma, India has made substantial adjustments to its strategy for the shortest format since the world championship, but Rashid Latif, a former Pakistan captain, thinks that the team’s massive 10-wicket loss in the T20 WC match caused “a lot of damage.” 

“I don’t think the World Cup would be in their (India’s) mind. They are taking it series by series, it’s worth noting that teams are changing with every series.

Their focus will be on the Asia Cup. The loss against Pakistan caused a lot of damage to the Indian team, so they are trying to recover from it,” Latif stated on his own “Caught Behind” YouTube channel. 

Team India
Team India. Photo- ICC

“You can play as many series as you want, but the match between India and Pakistan remains very important. I believe the Indian team, the board, the management will pay significant attention to the match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

They would want to win the Asia Cup, and if all the players are available for India, they can be favourites.” 

The Conditions In UAE Will Suit Pakistan: Rashid Latif

India vs Pakistan, Virat Kohli, Mohammad Rizwan
India vs Pakistan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Despite India’s previous dominance in games between the two bitter rivals, the former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter continued, “The landslide victory in their last fight will give Babar Azam-led side a lift.” 

“The conditions in the UAE suit them. India will give their all in the game against Pakistan. They have dominated the clashes between both sides in the past 20 years, but Pakistan did win by 10 wickets in their last game. So the planning will go into it,” concluded Latif. 

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