Asia Cup is going to kick off very soon and the countdown has already begun…!!
The tournament is scheduled to begin on August 27 and on September 11. Notably, Asia Cup will be held in the T20 format and this is for the second time in the tournament's history. The teams that are set to play are India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Reportedly, a sixth will be joining after winning a qualifier round.
Teams in the Asia Cup are divided into two groups named Group A and Group B. India, Pakistan and Hong Kong are placed in Group A, and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are placed in Group B. India is the current champion been the winner 7 times. Cricket matches between India and Pakistan are a treat to watch for cricket fans across the world and both teams are going to face other on 28 August amidst the former Australian cricketer Shane Watson’s prediction of India as the winner of the match. This all indicates towards India is on the winning side as it has won the T20 international’s inaugural matches.
On that note, let’s have a look at the top 5 players of India and Pakistan for Asia Cup 2022 (probables):
1. Rohit Sharma
Talking about team India and not mentioning the ‘Hitman’ and captain of Team India, Rohit Sharma would be definitely a huge mistake as he is currently maintaining consistency in his performance on the field as a batsman and a captain as well. The 35-year-old Indian captain has several records named after him and has played over 132 T20 international matches scoring 3487 runs at a strike rate of 140.26. So, the Hitman is surely going to be a headache for the Pakistani pacers and give them hard time during the clash.
2. Virat Kohli
Having several records named after him, Virat Kohli has been struggling with poor performance issues on the field for quite a while now. Considering the factor, he has been on rest for consequently West Indies and Zimbabwe tournaments. Looking at his T20 international performance, Kohli has scored 3,308 T20I runs with an average of 50.02. So, now in the Asia Cup tournament, all eyes are on him with an expectation of some smashing come back in his form.
3. Babar Azam
The right-handed batsman and the captain of the Pakistan cricket team currently seem to be the biggest threat to Team India bowlers as he has the quality of singlehandedly deciding the result of the match. Interestingly, he has been in his best form through the year 2021, scoring 939 runs in T20 international matches with a strike rate of 127.58. So, the match is indeed going to be a nail-biting session for both Indian and Pakistan cricket fans and a worth-watching treat as well.
4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Best among his contemporaries, Kumar has been in a good form in terms of bowling and he is going to be the hope of Team India for the tournament. He has taken 73 wickets from 72 T20Is and his run rate of 6.93. Kumar has another plus point to give his best as his style of bowling and variations suit the UAE pitches. In 2022, he has taken 20 wickets in 17 matches at an economy rate of 6.84. This means, that the Indian cricket fans can expect a magical performance from the pacer.
5. Haris Rauf
Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf is at the time in his form that can be considered another plus point that the Pakistan Team has in the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi. Rauf can hit at the speed of 150 kmph and with his consistently good performance of 42 wickets in 35 T20 international matches at the economy rate of 8.51, he is someone that Team Indian must be keeping a watch to counter. However, with no doubt, it seems that Rauf is going to leave a mark on his performance in the match.
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