Sourav Ganguly
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Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly recently stated that the Indian bowling attack could prevent Pakistan’s Babar Azam from scoring big in the upcoming Asia Cup. Sourav Ganguly said that the team management would have plans for Babar Azam for the upcoming game.

The Rohit Sharma-led team will face the Babar Azam-led team at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, September 2. The neighbouring nations haven’t faced each other in the ODI format since the 2019 ODI World Cup league stage match in Manchester.

Babar Azam Is A Good Player – Sourav Ganguly

Speaking to Star Sports, Sourav Ganguly described Babar Azam as a good player, and Indian bowlers will have to execute their plans against him.

“He is a good player; there is no doubt about it. They [India] will have to bowl at him [during the World Cup]. Before that, they will have to bowl at him in the Asia Cup.

“India will have plans for him, we have a good bowling attack. [Jasprit] Bumrah, [Mohammed] Shami, [Mohammed] Siraj is a serious fast bowling attack,” Ganguly said.

“Babar will also have to bat well to score runs against them because he knows they are up against a good fast bowling attack. India will have to bowl well to Babar Azam and vice-versa,” he added.

Babar Azam scored 151 runs against Nepal in the first match of the Asia Cup 2023. The right-handed batter helped the team put a big total on the board. They registered a 238-run victory and almost sealed their berth in the Super 4 stage.

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Pakistan Has Got A Very Good Bowling Attack – Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly acknowledged Pakistan’s strong fast-bowling lineup, emphasizing that the Indian team will need to perform well in their batting.

“Pakistan has got a very good bowling attack – Naseem [Shah, [Shaheen] Afridi and Haris Rauf. They are a good fast bowling attack just like India. So they are a good bowling attack as well and India will have to bat well against them,” he concluded.

India and Pakistan will play against each other in the ODI World Cup 2023 at the world’s largest cricket stadium, Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad on Saturday, October 14.