Legendary Australian hitter Ricky Ponting On Friday, the Indian team said that the Indian team has the depth to prevail against Pakistan in the upcoming 2022 Asian Cup match and at the same time take away the prestigious trophy. India released a 15-member roster for the Asian Cup earlier this week. The tournament will kick off from August 27 onwards, with India kicking off the campaign with a high-octane clash with Pakistan on August 28.
“It’s hard to beat India in any tournament, not just the Asian Cup, but I think every time we talk about the T20 World Cup coming up, I think India will be there. Depth. Their team is definitely better than other teams and I think India will win the Asian Cup,” Ponting said in the latest episode of ICC Review.
Pakistan has an advantage over India in head-to-head confrontations in general, but in the Asian Cup, India has a 7-5 advantage in their 13 matches. A result without a result. He expects a close match between the two sides but feels India has the depth to break through the front lines in the match.
“I’ll stick with India to win against Pakistan. That doesn’t take away from Pakistan because they are an incredible cricket nation that continues to show superstar players,” he said.
Ponting feels that fans and players have starved to death with this great showdown between the two Asian giants.
India and Pakistan have not played a cricket test against each other since the 2007 draw in Bengaluru, in which Sourav Ganguly scored an excellent 239.
“Honestly, that’s what we’ve been starved of, isn’t it… looking back on the last 15 or 20 years. As a cricket lover like me and a cricket observer, any time these It’s almost always great to sit back and watch because things just go up a notch, right?” he said.
There is still an outside chance for both sides to meet in the final of the ICC World Test Championship next year and Ponting would love that if the rivalry develops even further with some red ball cricket.
“When I think about the competitions, Australia and England and Ashes cricket is the pinnacle that always comes to mind for our Test match. I’m sure India and Pakistan will say the same about that and the actual confrontation will be the culmination of the Test Cricket match for both of those countries,” he said.
Ponting has seen many of India’s T20I stars during his time as an IPL coach and he is monitoring their preparations for the upcoming T20I World Cup, which runs from October to November this year.
India have won 17 of their 21 T20I matches this year despite the rotation of players by the coach Rahul Dravid and selector.
A notable absence from the Asiad 2022 squad is Mohammed Shami, who has not featured in India’s T20I team since the last T20 World Cup.
Acknowledging that the shortest form is Shami’s weakest, Ponting thinks Shami can do his job well if he makes the squad for the WC T20.
“He has been a very, very good Indian pitcher for a long time. If you look at his strengths, his test cricket is probably where he thrives. I think there are faster bowlers in Indian T20 cricket than Shami and they only have 3 names (for the Asian Cup), so if there are 4 names in the squad, he can be the bridge 4th player.
“I think they will probably only have four quicks to Australia. They will still want to bring a lot of change here even though the games are probably not going to be very beneficial,” he added.
Coming to the Asian Cup, the 15th time of the tournament will take place in the UAE between 6 teams (main content). The defending champion India is also the most successful team, having won the championship trophy seven times. While the final edition of the tournament is held in the ODI format, this one will be in the T20 format.
Six teams were divided into two groups with India, Pakistan and one qualifying team in Group A; and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan form Group B. Each team plays each other once in the group stage with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Super 4 round. The top two teams from Super 4 will advance to the finals. .
The Indian team for the Asian Cup: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra JadejaR Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar KumarArshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
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