Sakshi Jain ∙ Sep 1 2022, 5:00 AM

Won't be surprised if Afghanistan knocks out India, Pakistan in Asia Cup: Ajay Jadeja

image-l7i8xx76Ajay Jadeja backs Afghanistan to cause an upset (PC: Twitter)

Afghanistan have been a force to reckon with in the Asia Cup 2022. The team has produced two back-to-back stunning performances to top the Group B points table. They defeated Sri Lanka in the curtain-raiser by eight wickets.

It was a terrific all-rounder performance by the Mohammad Nabi-led side. Afghanistan restricted Sri Lanka to a score of 105 runs with Fazalhaq Farooqui picking three wickets. Chasing the total, they won in 10.1 overs only as Rahmanullah Gurbaz smacked 40 runs off just 18 balls.

The team repeated its heroics against Bangladesh as well. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan picked three wickets each to stop Bangladesh at 127 runs. With the bat, Ibrahim Zadran and Najibullah were the star performers as they propelled the team to victory by seven wickets.

Warning bells for India and Pakistan

The sensational performances by the Men in Red and Green have impressed the former Indian batter Ajay Jadeja. The veteran also issued a warning to the top sides like India and Pakistan to be wary of the Mohammad Nabi & Men. Afghanistan will most likely face Pakistan in the Super Four match as they are expected to finish second in Group A behind India.

In an interview with Cricbuzz, Jadeja said,

“Teams should be wary when they play these guys in Super 4s. When you play these guys in the Super 4, I won't be surprised if they knock one of the big teams off.”

Jadeja hails Afghan batters and bowlers

The Indian veteran hailed the Afghan bowlers as fire powers. Jadeja believes that the team has some exceptional bowlers who won’t allow the superpowers like India and Pakistan to make a comeback after losing their first two or three wickets cheaply. The 51-year-old also lauded the batters for playing responsibly in the tournament.

The former cricketer explained,

“They have the firepower, bowling everyone knows what they can do. Imagine either of the teams, India or Pakistan, is 20/2 or 30/2, then they won't allow you to make a comeback. Now with their batting, they've shown that their openers can play in a certain way. So if you're an analyst for India or Pakistan, how are you going to plan, what are you thinking? They can come and surprise you and the rest of the team surprises even more.”

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