Last Update on: August 30th, 2023 at 01:45 pm
Cricket commentator Aakash Chopra feels that middle-order batting is a serious issue for the Pakistan team. Aakash Chopra noted that Pakistan has a stable top three batters but their middle-order batters are not as consistent.
India and Pakistan are all set to wrestle with each other in the upcoming Asia Cup 2023. IND vs PAK encounter takes place on September 2 in Sri Lanka. Asia Cup 2023 begins on Wednesday with the opening clash between Pakistan and Nepal.
Pakistan Is A Very Settled Team: Aakash Chopra
While speaking on his YouTube channel, former India opener Aakash Chopra said that Pakistan is a very settled team now. He also added that their top-order batters have performed well.
“Pakistan is a very settled team. There is not much scope for changes and neither is it required. There was a time when the Pakistan team was very volatile. There were changes almost every day. At one point, there were 10 captains in a team.
But that is not the case now. The team looks a lot more stable and consistent. Numbers 1,2 and 3 do not change a lot. They are more or less the same. Their performances have also been good,” Chopra added.
Pakistan Has Issues In Middle-Order: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra also added that Pakistan has serious issues in the middle-order. According to Chopra, their middle-order batters are not consistent.
“Fakhar Zaman has his issues against spin and gets stuck at times. His ODI numbers is Asia aren’t that great. That is a bit of a problem. Speaking about their weakness, middle-order is also an issue. They are not as consistent. India also has an issue with No. 4 and No. 5. Pakistan’s problem is a bit more serious”.
“Till No. 4, they are okay because they have Mohammad Rizwan, but after that Agha Salman and Iftikhar Ahmed come in. There is depth in batting, but the confidence seems low in numbers five and six. That could be a potential weakness,” Chopra concluded.
Babar Azam is set to lead Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023. Rohit Sharma will lead India in the tournament. Both India and Pakistan are part of Group A with Nepal. One team among these three will be eliminated after the first round.