Dubai, 27: Be it the World Cup or the Asia Cup, India have always dominated Pakistan, but Rohit Sharma’s Indian team will get a chance to start a new campaign on the same ground where the tradition was broken almost nine months ago. The same ground where Pakistan defeated India in the T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium, tomorrow India-Pakistan will face each other again in the Asia Cup cricket tournament. A new chapter of cricket matches between the two teams is also starting.
Although six teams are participating in the Asia Cup, the focus is on two teams. The reason is very simple those two teams are India and Pakistan. One thing is for sure, when these two teams face each other on the cricket field, positive cricketing excitement sparks and enthralls the same cricket fans.
Winning the toss and bowling first at the new Dubai ground is rewarding. A team winning the toss has the challenge of batting well and putting up a big score, as whatever help the bowlers get is only in the first half hour after the match starts. So the focus will be on who wins the toss and what the batsmen will do. The big difference will be felt during the match that both the teams will be dominated by fast bowlers and spinners.
Indian team will be curious about who will be included in the Indian team and what will be the batting order. Who will open with Rohit Sharma will be curious. With KL Rahul returning to the team, he is sure to play and all eyes will be on whether Virat Kohli’s bat speaks the language of runs. Vice-captain Shadab Khan made it clear that the fear of Virat Kohli is still there in the minds of the Pakistani team.
The strength of Pakistan team is in batting. Captain Babar Azam is in blistering form and is supported by Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Asif Ali. Instead of stopping Babar Azam and Rizwan, the Indian bowlers were forced to dismiss them
Final team to choose from: India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL
Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Roff, Iftekar Ahmed, Shushadil Shah, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir and Muhammad Hasnain.