Former Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram congratulated India on winning their 7th Asia Cup title. He feels the Men in Blue are way ahead of all other Asian teams. Meanwhile, he also stated the emergence of the Indian Premier League (IPL) had paid rich dividends for Indian cricket.
It was under the leadership of Rohit Sharma that India defeated Bangladesh in a nail-biting final by three wickets in Asia Cup 2018 finale.
However, the critics and the pundits had given the favourites tag to Pakistan before the start of the tournament. It was mainly because UAE and Dubai have been their adopted home grounds and they have played a lot of cricket in those conditions.
However, India was just too hot to handle for Pakistan. The Men in Green got thrashed in both the matches. Moreover, India defeated Bangladesh and Pakistan twice to clinch the trophy for the 7th time.
Wasim Akram says India is the best team in Asia by far
“India proved to be well ahead of everyone,” Wasim Akram was quoted as saying by the AFP.
The Men in Blue were utterly dominant throughout the tournament, especially in the two matches against Pakistan. Meanwhile, Wasim Akram who is considered as the greatest left-arm pacer of all time stated the investment in IPL has only brought out positive results for Indian cricket.
“Their exposure is greater, they have financial benefits and the money invested in their system like the Indian Premier League is bearing fruits,” Akram said.
Meanwhile speaking about the 2019 World Cup, Akram said Pakistan has a lot of hard work to do in all three departments of the game. However, he was confident of the fact that Pakistan will bounce back in the quadrennial event.
“It’s hard to predict eight months in advance, but I am sure Pakistan will bounce back. They have some serious work to do in both bowling and batting. Bangladesh have an inspirational captain in Mashrafe Mortaza and Afghanistan is becoming a dangerous team,” Wasim added.