Team India beat Hong Kong on August 31 to progress to the Super Four Stage of the Asia Cup 2022. However, former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria shared his concern about their bowling attack. Kaneria questioned the tactics of Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh, who leaked runs against Hong Kong. With just three pacers in the squad, the veteran feels a lot of the burden will be there on Bhuvneshwar Kumar alone.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Kaneria said: “India’s bowling is getting real concerning. Avesh Khan is going for plenty and if Arshdeep also goes for runs then the entire load comes onto Bhuvneshwar. Chahal also hasn’t been able to execute his skills. If he can’t bowl enough leg-spin, replace him with Bishnoi. He is quick in the air and on such tracks, he will be useful.”
Danish Kaneria did not agree with Team India’s ploy to play both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik against Hong Kong. He also opined that the team management must have clarity about who they prefer as well. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya enjoyed a great campaign in the Asia Cup opener against Pakistan.
“You also need to manage Hardik’s workload ahead of the T20 World Cup. Back whoever you want among Pant and Dinesh Karthik, but then stick to it. If I were to rest Hardik, then I would definitely play Hooda to get that variation in bowling,” Danish Kaneria concluded.
India’s next Asia Cup match will be played on Sunday, September 4, at the Dubai International Stadium. They will take on the winner of the clash between Pakistan and Hong Kong on Friday (September 2) as well.