Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes Fakhar Zaman would make a mistake if India put him under pressure in their Asia Cup 2023 Super Four clash between the two sides. However, both the arch-rivals will lock horns in Colombo on Sunday, September 10. Zaman has scored 34 runs in his two innings in the Asia Cup thus far and hasn’t been at his fluent best as well.
While previewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Fakhar Zaman has been really silent. He has not been amongst the runs at all. He hits two or three fours, he is not looking that bad while batting but hasn’t scored runs and I remember he scored a lot of runs in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. He got out to a no-ball, which won’t be bowled this time. If you dismiss Fakhar from one end with the new ball, Babar will have to come to bat early at No. 3. You have to ensure that Fakhar Zaman’s bad form continues. Put pressure on him and he will commit a mistake.”
Aakash Chopra also added that Babar Azam has not been amongst the runs in ODIs against India too. And, their last match against India was washed out also.
“Babar Azam’s record against India is also not that good. He hasn’t scored even one half-century in ODI cricket to date. Our neighbors can say King Babar, and I am ready to agree that he is a mighty player, but if we judge our players when they get out in a knockout game or against Australia or Pakistan, we will have to judge Babar similarly,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “He doesn’t score runs against India. He hits everyone but gets out against India. So just continue that. There will be pressure on Babar as well. They don’t sleep peacefully if they lose to India.”