Asia Cup 2022 LIVE – Hardik Pandya India’s X-Factor: After a gap of four years, the Asia Cup Cricket tournament is about…
Asia Cup 2022 LIVE – Hardik Pandya India’s X-Factor: After a gap of four years, the Asia Cup Cricket tournament is about to start in less than two weeks time. According to former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed, Hardik Pandya will be India’s X-Factor this tournament. According to Aaqib, he is the difference between India and Pakistan team. Aaqib has predicted that with Pandya in the middle order, India starts favorite this Asia Cup: Follow Asia Cup T20 Cricket LIVE Updates & India vs Pakistan LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN
Speaking to Paktv.tv, Pakistan’s World Cup-winning pace bowler predicts Hardik Pandya as the star of this Asia Cup.
“Hardik Pandya is India’s X-Factor. Real match winner for India. Pandya’s all-round skill makes a difference. Because Pakistan does not have a Hardik Pandya like all-rounder,” he said.
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India had lost by 10 wickets in their last meeting against their arch-nemesis, in 2021 T20 World Cup, at the same venue.
Aaqib further said that when you compare both teams, both have great top order but the difference lies in the middle order because of Hardik in Indian XI.
“The difference between the two teams lies in their batting. India’s batting is still more experienced. If a batter like Rohit Sharma clicks, he can single-handedly win the match for India. Similarly with Fakhar Zaman. If he plays with control, he can win the match for Pakistan. But the middle-order line-up of India and Pakistan, that’s the difference. Also their all-rounder, that makes a difference. Because Pakistan does not have a Hardik Pandya like all-rounder,” he said.
Hardik was part of the Indian team that had lost to Pakistan in Dubai last October. But the India star had featured in the XI solely as a batter.
With India lacking a sixth-bowling option amid the onslaught from captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan opening pair raced away with the game, scripting a historic 10-wicket win against the Men in Blue.
Hardik thereafter made himself unavailable for selection and only returned to action in IPL 2022 where he showed his ability to play as all-rounder yet again. Following his impressive show, Hardik was recalled to the India T20I side before he cemented his spot yet again for the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
Hardik also led India in the Ireland series and is now tipped to take over from Rohit Sharma as India’s next T20 Captain sometime in future.
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