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Shahid Afridi Believes India Can Win Asia Cup without Virat Kohli

Shahid Afridi Believes India Can Win Asia Cup without Virat Kohli

Former all-round cricketer of Pakistan, Shahid Afridi, believes that their neighbouring nation India can defend their Asia Cup title without the services of their regular skipper Virat Kohli.

Cricket news: After a long and exhausting tour of England, Kohli has been given a rest

Kohli, who was phenomenal in the recently concluded long tour of England, where he had scored a total of 593 runs in the 5-match Test series, has been given a rest due to the exhausting long tour.

In his absence his deputy Rohit Sharma will shoulder the responsibilities of the nation and presently has been performing well as India have defeated Hong Kong and Pakistan in consecutive days of the Asia Cup fixtures.

Kohli has performed extremely well with the bat in overseas conditions against South Africa and England, but his captaincy has come under the scanner especially after the 1-4 Test series loss against England.

While he is being rested, Kohli can prepare himself for the upcoming tour against West Indies and India’s final overseas tour against Australia.

While giving an interview to ABP News, Afridi said, “There is not much difference between the two sides. From the beginning, India has been a strong batting unit. Therefore, Virat Kohli’s absence will not make much of a difference.”

“Kohli’s absence could create a psychological impact on both sides. This would be beneficial for Pakistan team. However, the Indian team has some brilliant players on the field except Virat Kohli. There are going to be in hot conditions in Dubai. Thus, the team batting first will hold the advantage baton. Consequently, the toss will play an important role,” he added.

India has started their Asia Cup journey with a positive note, having defeated Hong Kong by 26 runs on Tuesday and then defeating arch-rivals Pakistan on Wednesday by 8 wickets.

Rakesh Rakshit

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77