The rivalry between India and Pakistan is the biggest rivalry in cricket and all eyes will be on Dubai on August 28, when the two enemies face off. While Pakistan holds the lead in one-on-one meetings, it is a different story in the Asia Cup in which India are currently held on to a slim advantage (not a result) at 7-5 in 13 matches.
While Ponting expects a tough fight between the rivals, he believes India has the depth of victory.
Ponting said in the latest, “I will be with India to win that clash (August 28 match) against Pakistan. It’s not taking anything away from Pakistan because they are an incredible cricketing nation that has superstar players in and out. Continue to present.” ICC review episode.
The Australian legend also mentioned that India are tough opponents to beat in any tournament, not just an Asia Cup.
“It is always tough to go ahead of India in any tournament, not just the Asia Cup, but I think every time we talk about T20 World Cup, I think India will be right there. ” Ponting said.
“Their depth is definitely better than other teams and I think India will win the Asia Cup,” he added.
The 47-year-old has seen several T20I stars from India during his time in IPL coaching and has been keeping an eye on how they are preparing ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Despite heavy rotation of players by Rahul Dravid and the selection panel, India have won 17 of their 21 T20I matches this calendar year. One absent pacer despite the changes is Mohammed Shami, who hasn’t played for India in T20I cricket since the last T20 World Cup.
Time is running out for the veteran pacer, who has also been dropped from the Asia Cup squad, to make an impact in Australia. Admitting the shortest format is Shami’s weakest format, Ponting insisted that the 31-year-old can certainly do one thing if he is included in the squad.
“He has been a very, very good bowler for India for a long time. If you look at his strengths, his Test cricket is probably where he thrives the most. I think better than Shami in Indian T20 cricket He is a fast bowler and he has named only three (for the Asia Cup). So if there are potentially four names in the team, he could be the fourth person.”
“I think they will probably have four fast bowlers coming to Australia. They still want to bring a lot of spin here, although the wickets are probably not favourable,” he said.
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