Asia Cup 2018, Pakistan, India, Game Changers
India all set to take on Pakistan in the UAE. PC: AFP.

When there is a contest between India and Pakistan, everyone from both the teams tries their level best. However, the neighbouring countries will be eager to play against each other in the impending Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The game is scheduled to take place on September 19 and we are setting our eyes on potential game changers.

However, every time India and Pakistan play amongst each other, there comes something new to be remembered amongst the fans. The players put some memorable moments which gets recognised in the hearts of every die-hard fan.

Meanwhile, there comes a lot of enthusiasm, excitement, and drama when India and Pakistan wrestle it out. The audience in the stadium along with the others who all watch on a big screen feels the same feeling, and they cheer a lot for their team.

Well, we are looking at the four potential game changers for the big match of Asia Cup 2018 between India and Pakistan in UAE.

Fakhar Zaman:

Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan: Potential Game Changers for the Marquee Clash
Fakhar Zaman Asia Cup 2018. Credits – Getty mages

Fakhar Zaman made his debut in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 last year against South Africa. He has evolved himself as the most important member in the Pakistani batting lineup.

The southpaw is doing his best for his nation with the bat. He has astonished everyone with his consistency and had made three centuries so far.

Moreover, in the 18 matches that he played so far, Fakhar scored 1,065 runs at an average of 76.07. The 28-year-old is also the fastest one to reach 1,000 One-day International-runs mark beating Sir Vivian Richard who got there in 21 games.

However, Zaman might be one of the potential game changers for Pakistan in the tournament. It will largely depend on how this left-hander responds when the oppositions will start targeting him.

Rohit Sharma:

Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan: Potential Game Changers for the Marquee Clash
Rohit Sharma Asia Cup 2018. PC: Getty Images

Rohit Sharma is averaging 44.98 from 183 one-day internationals he has played for India. His highest score in an innings is 264, which is an international record.

Moreover, he is the only batsman to have three double hundreds to his name. Rohit is one of the most destructive batsmen in ODI format.

Well, many cricket experts believe that it was because of Rohit’s captaincy that has changed the Mumbai Indians (MI) fortune in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The top-order batsman Rohit will lead the side for the absence of Virat Kohli in Asia Cup 2018. This can make him even more dangerous because he will be keen to lead his team.

To manage workload, Kohli is given rest from the Asia Cup 2018 as he is playing continuous cricket over the past.

Hasan Ali:

Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan: Potential Game Changers for the Marquee Clash
Hasan Ali Asia Cup 2018

Pakistan bowler, Hasan Ali will play an important role for his nation. The 24-year-old bowler is one of the main factors of Pakistan’s revival in the last one year or so.

Ali became the Player of the Tournament during last year’s ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales. He bagged13 wickets in just five matches.

However, Hasan is a rare commodity in today’s cricket. He picks up wickets at a regular interval with a great economy rate.

Moreover, in the UAE, he has taken 17 wickets in just eight matches, at 14.18 runs apiece and an economy rate of 3.79. He will try to continue his good show to register his name for the next year’s coveted World Cup.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan: Potential Game Changers for the Marquee Clash
MS Dhoni Asia Cup 2018. PC: Getty Images

In the twist of his career, Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have to perform to keep away the criticism he is facing so far. He has led India to victory in 2011 World Cup.

However, without Kohli not playing in the tournament, Dhoni will also guide Rohit and the entire team as this is a less-experienced Indian outfit.

Moreover, he will be playing as a key component in the Indian side. It would also be interesting to see where he opts to bat in the playing XI.

However, he played 321 matches for India scoring 10,046 runs averaging 51.25. His highest Individual runs were unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka. Dhoni will try to put pressure on the opposition like Pakistan by his bat and overall with his experience.

Dhoni is one of the potential game changers to watch out for in India vs Pakistan enthralling encounter of the Asia Cup 2018.

Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover