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Asia’s Cricket Giants Prep for World Cup

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Asia’s Cricket Giants Prep for World Cup

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As the highly anticipated Asia Cup kicks off this Wednesday, cricket giants; India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are gearing up for a final evaluation of each other’s strengths before the upcoming 50-over World Cup, set to begin in October. The stage is set for an intense regional championship, offering an invaluable opportunity for these teams to gauge their competition before the World Cup commences.

The spotlight rests on the intense rivalry between India and Pakistan, a contest that might unfold up to three times if they advance through the stages of the six-nation tournament. Though India’s refusal to tour Pakistan has led to a collaborative hosting arrangement between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the culmination of the tournament is scheduled for September 17 in Colombo.

Babar Azam’s Pakistan, riding high on their top rank in the ODI rankings after a commanding 3-0 series victory against Afghanistan, launches their campaign on Wednesday in Multan against Asia Cup newcomers Nepal. Azam, who displayed impressive form with 113 runs in the Afghanistan series, leads a team boasting a formidable fast-bowling trio in Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf.

Meanwhile, India, led by Rohit Sharma, is eagerly preparing to open their Asia Cup journey against Pakistan in a highly anticipated match in Pallekele. The rivalry between these two cricketing giants, characterized by political tensions, adds an extra layer of excitement to their encounters, which are limited to international tournaments.


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It’s not just Pakistan, there are other teams. Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup last year. So there are other teams who are playing good cricket and will challenge us.

Anticipation is building for multiple encounters between India and Pakistan, potentially occurring in the Super Four stage and even culminating in the tournament final. However, Rohit Sharma remains focused on the broader competition, acknowledging the challenge posed by other formidable teams like defending champions Sri Lanka.

Rohit highlights the significance of the Asia Cup as a platform to test their mettle, push their limits, and thrive under pressure. With KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, and Rohit himself, India’s batting line-up has an advantage already.

The Asia Cup’s outcomes will be especially insightful as they serve as a precursor to the upcoming 50-over World Cup, set to commence on October 5 in India. However, Sri Lanka, last year’s champions when the Asia Cup was played in the T20 format in Dubai, faces challenges due to injuries. Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera’s shoulder injury and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s uncertain status cast shadows over their campaign.

Bangladesh, amidst captaincy changes and injuries, grapples with pre-tournament struggles, while Afghanistan’s potent spin attack and the explosive Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s form pose challenges. In the midst of this cricketing spectacle, minnows Nepal find themselves grouped with cricket powerhouses India and Pakistan.


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