Babar Azam’s impressive knock of 151 runs in the opening game of the Asia Cup 2023 against Nepal has grabbed attention, raising concerns for India’s upcoming match against Pakistan. However, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif remains undeterred by Pakistan’s form and maintains confidence in the prowess of Indian pacers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Mohammad Kaif expressed his belief that Babar Azam might find it challenging to face the formidable Indian pacers. He highlighted Shami’s exceptional performance in the West Indies series and Bumrah’s successful return against Ireland, where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker, as indicators of India’s strength in the bowling department.
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Mohammad Kaif emphasized that Azam might not be able to replicate his easy scoring against Nepal when confronted with Shami and Bumrah’s skillful bowling.
“Mohammed Shami is a fantastic bowler, his form is also very good. And even in Bumrah’s absence, he managed the bowling very well. Even his form in the IPL was great. So he has a lot of talent. In my opinion, Babar Azam is going to have a lot of difficulty facing Mohammed Shami,” remarked Mohammad Kaif during an interview on Star Sports.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami exuded confidence in Team India’s prospects in the ongoing Asia Cup. He emphasized his readiness to bowl at any stage of the match and highlighted the collaborative efforts of himself, Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj. Shami expressed optimism about India’s success in the tournament, asserting that the team’s focus on giving their utmost effort and executing their plans would yield positive results.
“I don’t have any hesitancy to bowl with the new ball or the old ball. I don’t have an ego like that. All three of us (Bumrah, Shami & Siraj) are bowling very well, so it depends on the management on who will play. There is only one goal, to go and give our 100%, the result will come running to us if we give our 100%. So it is very important to focus and execute, it’s a very simple plan,” stated Mohammad Shami confidently.