Danish Kaneria, KL Rahul
Danish Kaneria, KL Rahul. (Photo: Twitter)

Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria said that the Indian team will closely monitor the progress of KL Rahul and decide whether or not Deepak Hooda has a spot in the playing XI for the Asia Cup.

Hooda has been in great form and is arguably the second-best batter in the T20I after Suryakumar Yadav. Unfortunately, despite being in good touch, he ends up warming the bench when the first-choice players return.

It would be interesting to see if the Indian captain has the courage to play Deepak Hooda over Rahul. Hooda is an explosive batter, a good fielder and he can bowl some off-spin as well.

Deepak Hooda (Image Credits: Twitter)
Deepak Hooda (Image Credits: Twitter)

It all depends on Rahul’s form. When they reach Dubai and practice over there, the picture over Rahul’s touch would become clearer,” Kaneria said on his YouTube channel.

Danish Kaneria says Shadab Khan is Pakistan’s current best spinner

Speaking about the Pakistan team, Shadab Khan takes the cake for being the best tweaker in the side, as per Kaneria. The bowling department is also luscious with plenty of talented players to choose from, especially after concerns about Shaheen Afridi’s fitness ahead of the tournament.

Shadab Khan is the ace bowler in Pakistan’s spin department. Mohammad Nawaz has performed very well in Test cricket recently. If Shaheen Afridi is ruled out Pakistan have Naseem Shah, and Shahnawaz Dahani. The other pacers in my team are Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Jr, who is young and very talented.”

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan. (Credits: Twitter)

Pakistan have players like Asif Ali on the bench. But I would go with Iftikhar Ahmed at 5. I have picked Ahmed ahead of Ali because he gives you a spin bowling option. Iftikhar and Khushdil Shah would be the finishers. Shah can also bowl decent slow left-arm spin,” Kaneria mentioned.

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