Former India player Robin Uthappa has predicted Indian wins in all three potential clashes against Pakistan in the 2023 Asia Cup as well. The mega event will be played in Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 30 to September 17. Both sides will lock horns in a Group A clash in Pallekele on Saturday (September 2) and might meet again in the Super Four stage and the title decider as well.
On the AakashVani show on JioCinema, Uthappa said: “They (Pakistan) are a very good side. Their personnel are very skillful, very talented. Having said that, so are ours (India’s). I think it will make for two very good games and hopefully the third one as well. My prediction for the India-Pakistan games is always 3-0 to India. Having said that, they are not going to be easy games for the Indian squad.”
However, RP Singh added that India’s clashes against Pakistan in the Asia Cup will help them get better prepared for the upcoming marquee event – the ODI World Cup. He said that the Men in Green have a formidable bowling attack and they are likely to field their best XI as well. Meanwhile, Abhishek Nayar believes the Asia Cup clashes will hold both sides in good stead as well.
“I think it’s a matter of habit. The more you play a team, the better you know them, the less the pressure and I feel it works both ways. But I also feel, just for the Indians, the more you play against them, especially their fast bowlers who are very unique and very different, it just prepares you better. It prepares our bowlers to bowl against their batters. It’s always good to play a team a few times before you come up to such a big match in Ahmedabad, the World Cup game that’s happening in India in Ahmedabad,” he concluded.