India and Pakistan will meet in a blockbuster clash in the 2022 men’s Asia Cup, reviving their rivalry on the cricket pitch for the first time since last year’s T20 World Cup. The Babar Azam-led side had defeated India by 10 wickets in the clash last October, securing their first-ever win over the men in blue in the coveted tournament. Since then, India has created a number of significant opportunities for their T20I side, including a change of captain, with Rohit Sharma taking the reins from Virat Kohli.
India has also improved significantly in squad depth, and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes it would help India win the Asian Cup, which starts on August 27.
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“It’s always hard to pass India in any tournament, not just an Asian Cup, but I think every time we talk about the T20 World Cup coming up, I think India is in the middle of that. Their depth is definitely better than the other teams and I think India will win the Asian Cup,” Ponting said in the latest episode of ICC Review.
While Pakistan leads India in head-to-head clashes, India has a lead in Asian Cup, with a 7-5 lead in 13 matches (one without result). While Ponting expects a close clash between the two sides, he believes India will emerge victorious in that clash as well.
“I’m staying with India to win that match against Pakistan. That doesn’t take anything away from Pakistan because it’s an incredible cricket nation that still presents great superstar players,” Ponting said.
The two sides will meet on August 28 and are likely to face each other in another showdown in Super 4s. India and Pakistan will also meet in the T20 World Cup on October 23.