Aakash Saini ∙ Aug 12 2022, 6:50 PM

Ricky Ponting backs Rohit Sharma and co. to beat Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022

image-l6qptii5Indian players pose with 2018 Asia Cup trophy (ICC Twitter)

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting recently backed the Indian team to trump over Pakistan in their upcoming Asia Cup 2022 clash.

The two sides are slated to face each other on August 28. The match will mark their first meeting since Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over the ‘Men in Blue’ at the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Ponting backs India to beat Pakistan, lift Asia Cup

In the latest episode of ICC Review, Ponting claimed that Team India has better depth in their squad in comparison to the other sides of the tournament. 

The legendary Australian batsman said

“It is always hard to go past India in any tournament, not just an Asia Cup, but I think every time we talk about the T20 World Cup which is coming up, I think that India will be right in the thick of it there. Their depth is definitely better than the other teams and I think India will win the Asia Cup.”

“I will stick with India to win that clash against Pakistan. That is taking nothing away from Pakistan because they are an incredible cricket nation that continues to present out-and-out superstar players,” the former Australia batter added.

The 2003 and 2007 World Cup-winning captain has seen many Indian players from close quarters through his coaching stints in IPL. He reckons that the Indian team, under Rohit Sharma's leadership, will start out as one of the favorites for this year’s T20 World Cup as well.

Asia Cup 2022 updates

The Asia Cup 2022 marks the 15th edition of the tournament, and only the second to be played in T20I format. The upcoming six-team event also serves as a testing background for all competing sides ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup, slated to be played in Australia.

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