Former Pakistan spinner has lauded young Indian spinner Ravi Bishnoi and stated that he can be one of the threats to any opposition in this year’s Asia Cup 2022. The Asia Cup 2022 is all set to kick off on August 27 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and keeping in mind, the dry and sluggish nature of wickets in the UAE, the Indian selectors have gone ahead with a couple of leg-spinners in India squad for Asia Cup 2022.
While Yuzvendra Chahal will be India’s first-choice leg-spinner in the Asia Cup, the team management might give a few games to Ravi Bishnoi against relatively weaker oppositions. Bishnoi broke onto the scene during the ICC Under 19 World Cup in 2020.
He made his IPL debut for Punjab Kings (PBKS) in IPL 2020 and worked under the guidance of former Indian spinner Anil Kumble before moving to Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) for IPL 2022.
Danish Kaneria Lauds Ravi Bishnoi
“India’s bowling attack, especially the spinners, look very potent. Ashwin, Chahal, and now Ravi Bishnoi, all are great spinners. Ravi Bishnoi is very similar to Anil Kumble, he has a quick Googly and bowls top spin and flippers too. He can be a threat if he plays,” Danish Kaneria stated in an exclusive interview with Cricketaddictor.
“On the other hand, Pakistan just have Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan. We have played so much Cricket in the UAE that we know that dew will be negligible and the wicket will be slow. Pakistan has been heavily reliant on its fast bowling. They should have inducted a spinner instead,” Danish further stated.
India And Pakistan Lock Horns On August 28
Both India and Pakistan will open their Asia Cup 2022 campaign against each other on August 28 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The last time, these two sides took on each other in the group match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 wherein, Pakistan registered a historic win over India by 10 wickets. It was Pakistan‘s first win over India in any ICC World Cup event.
India Squad for Asia Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(Wk), Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (Wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Pakistan Squad for Asia Cup 2022: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Hasnain and Usman Qadir.