Wasim Akram Speaks On IND v PAK Asia Cup Clash

Wasim Akram Speaks On IND v PAK Asia Cup Clash

The cricketing world is just five days away from witnessing one of the most awaited clashes. India will fight against Pakistan on August 28th, in what is expected to be a thrilling contest. Jasprit Bumrah, India’s pace spearhead, was ruled out of Asia Cup due to an injury. This had given the ‘Men in Green’ advantage over their rivals. However, a few days ago, it was learned that Shaheen Afridi too can’t participate in Asia Cup due to a knee injury. Thus, this makes it an evenly matched contest between the two sides.

Last time when these two sides met, Pakistan thrashed India in what was a historic win for them. India had defeated Pakistan 12 times across all World Cups before this match. Wasim Akram, former Pakistan pacer, opined that the 2021 T20 World Cup win has given a new confidence to Pakistan. However, he also expressed his concerns over Pakistan’s middle order.

Top 3 batters of Pakistan have scored 67.53% of runs for the team since last World Cup. This only highlights how much Pakistan is reliant on the top order. If India find a way to run through the top order, it would be too difficult for Pakistan to make a comeback. Also, Wasim Akram said that Babar Azam is on his way to registering his name on the list of all-time batting greats. 

Wasim Akram Is Confident About The Current Pakistan Team

“Pakistan team is on the rise for the past couple of years,” Akram said during a media session organised by Star Sports. “They’ve been consistent, and I think the win against India, although that was a year ago during the World Cup, gave them a bit of confidence that they can compete against India day in and day out.

The only thing I’m worried about is the middle order,” Akram said. “There is no experience apart from Iftikhar Ahmed coming in at No. 4, and then you’ll have probably Haider Ali, a young sensation who hasn’t been consistent. Babar Azam and Rizwan are the key as far as the T20 format is concerned.

I think in general they’re confident, but it depends on how they feel or what sort of mindset they’re in when they arrive before the India-Pakistan game because that game can make or break the Asia Cup for either side.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.