Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan vs India — It seems for the first time in the history of cricket India has a better bowling outfit than neighbours Pakistan. Pakistan is traditionally known to produce a great crop of pacers and bowlers in general, but it seems Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are better prepared than the Men in Green. Apart from Mohammed Amir and Hasan Ali, Pakistan does not have a lot of experience. Inexperienced Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali would be playing his first big tournament and would be under a lot of pressure. On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are in form in limited overs cricket and that would be a massive advantage for the Men in Blue.
Hardik Pandya also is a proven customer in limited overs cricket, where he has shown he can clock speeds in excess of 140+ consistently, so India is covered with their third seaming option as well.
Also, if we look at the spin department of both the teams, Pakistan would suffer in the absence of Imad Wasim and Hafeez. Shadab Khan is the only recognised spinner in the team. India, on the other hand, is blessed to have Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who is in the form of their lives in the limited overs version operating in tandem. Their recent success in South Africa and England is a testament to their capabilities and Pakistan would be wary of that.
And in the slow-low pitches in the UAE, Indian spinners can surely wreak havoc and give a difficult time to the Pakistani batsmen.
India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed.
Pakistan squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir