Asia Cup 2018: Absence of Virat Kohli is an Advantage for Pakistan - Umar Gul

Asia Cup 2018: Absence of Virat Kohli is an Advantage for Pakistan – Umar Gul

Umar Gul, India, Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018, Virat Kohli
Umar Gul (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Ever since the squad announcement of the Team India, the absence of Virat Kohli has been a regular headliner. Meanwhile, the veteran fast bowler Umar Gul joins the pool of the members, who feels that the resting Kohli will dent India’s chances and help Pakistan at Dubai.

India started their campaign on a winning note against Hong Kong and reached the next level of the tournament. On the other hand, Pakistan is also in the similar state, but with a world of good confidence in the camp.

Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman in the world – Umar Gul

The Pakistan fast bowler feels that the rested Indian skipper Kohli is the best in the world as far as batting is concerned. He also added that it will be tough for Indian side to lose their consistent performer with the willow.

Virat Kohli, Asia Cup 2018, Pakistan, India, Umar Gul
Virat Kohli has been rested for Asia Cup 2018. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

However, he feels India has still got the great players in the lineup and can make the difference in the game as well. But, he believes that Pakistan bowlers, who are used to UAE conditions can negate any kind of threat on their day.

“Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman in the world. Thus, his absence will have an effect on the strength of the Indian side and also their morale,” Gul said.


“The Indian side facing Pakistan will still be a tough side to beat with some excellent quality batsmen led by their captain Rohit Sharma. But Pakistan’s bowling attack, used to operating in the UAE should be able to negate any threat from the opposition,” he added.

Asia Cup 2018, India, Virat Kohli
Asia Cup 2018 against Hong Kong. (Photo Credit: AFP)

Pakistan will have the edge over India – Umar Gul

Further, the fast bowler stated Pakistan has got the advantage of conditions. Eventually, potential players in the squad. He feels that all the other teams aren’t used to the heat in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which might affect them.

“There is no doubt that the best players not only from India and Pakistan. But from all other Asian teams are now in UAE to help their team win the trophy. But I believe that Pakistan will have a slight advantage here,” he said.


“The problem is the heat. And I feel that Pakistan, due to the fact that they have trained hard in very hot conditions back home. And also in UAE, will find it easier to cope with the weather there. India’s players may find the conditions too uncomfortable and that may give Pakistan an upper hand,” Gul concluded.

However, it seems like Umar Gul has a valid point in his kitty to call Pakistan as the favourites to win the game against India. All in all, it would be a grand affair of the Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium.


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