Last Update on: August 29th, 2023 at 08:27 pm
Former Australia National Cricket Team player Tom Moody has issued a huge “Shaheen Afridi” warning to Team India ahead of their clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023.
Rohit Sharma-led India will lock horns with Babar Azam-led Pakistan in their tournament opener on Saturday, September 2, at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. After that, the Men In Blue will take on Nepal on Monday, September 4, at the same venue.
During an interaction on Star Sports ahead of the continental tournament, Moody was asked who was going to be the main threat against the Indian batting line-up in the Asia Cup.
He responded by naming the young left-arm pacer Shaheen as the biggest threat to India. The former Australian cricketer also highlighted the left-arm pacer’s outstanding ability to pick wickets with the new ball.
“Shaheen Afridi. Full Stop. I just think that Shaheen Afridi with the new ball is a major threat, which he has done historically. Broken through with that new ball, manages to blow away a couple of early wickets, which then opens up the middle order for India to resurrect things. Particularly for a middle order that hasn’t had a lot of game time,” Moody told Star Sports ahead of the tournament.
India vs Pakistan Bigger Than Ashes – Tom Moody
Moody further made a colossal remark on the India vs. Pakistan rivalry in World Cricket, stating that it is bigger than the historic Ashes rivalry between Australia and England.
“I think this match surpasses the Ashes. It’s always got a lovely story to it, and both are outstanding cricketing nations. And when you look at that Pakistan squad, it does boast a lot of talent,” Moody said in the interview.
After the Asia Cup battle, India and Pakistan will go head-to-head in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The clash between the Asian Giants will be held on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.