Former Pakistan legendary fast bowler Waqar Younis stated that the absence of Team India regular skipper Virat Kohli from the Indian team in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 could be a blessing in disguise for Pakistan.
During an interview with Wah Cricket, the former Pakistan skipper feels Kohli’s absence will keep Pakistan in a better position at least psychologically.
Batting mainstay for Team India, Kohli has been rested for the tournament owing to a back spasm which has troubled him in the recent past.
Besides that, he has also played non-stop cricket in the last year or so. Hence the break was much-needed.
Meanwhile, for Rohit Sharma, it will be a big moment as he will be leading India for the first time in a big tournament. Rohi earlier led India to a victory in the Nidahas Trophy 2018. However, the Asia Cup should be a sterner challenge.
Waqar Younis feels the India-Pakistan class will be a great game
“Look it’s gonna be a great game. Pakistan has played brilliantly in the last year or so. India did play badly against England by their ODI record is brilliant,” Waqar said.
Speaking on the four left-arm pacers Men in Green have in the squad, Waqar Younis feels that there is no room for playing four pacers together. However, he feels that three pacers will be there in the playing XI.
Meanwhile, Sarfraz Ahmed and his men opened their account in the Asia Cup with a resounding victory over Hong Kong. They will face arch-rivals India on 19th September.
Besides, India has to play back-to-back matches. They open their Asia Cup campaign with the game against Hong Kong followed by the game against Pakistan on September 19.