Sourav Ganguly comments on Shaheen Afridi’s absence from the Asia Cup. Ganguly also believes that the return of Hardik Pandya will improve India’s chances in the tournament.
Despite the fact that Shaheen Afridi is injured and will miss the Asia Cup. He has been the focal point of discussions and debates throughout the tournament’s preparations. Former Pakistan international Waqar Younis previously stated that with Shaheen out of the tournament. All other teams are lucky, but BCCI president Sourav Ganguly responded by saying that one player cannot make a difference.
Indian fans also noted that India will be without the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel during the tournament. However, Shaheen’s injury has dominated the news this summer. More so because of his performance against India in last year’s T20 World Cup. The 22-year-old dismissed KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma before dismissing Virat Kohli to break India’s backbone in their first match of the tournament. He was later name Player of the Match after Pakistan defeat India by a margin of ten wickets.
Despite his match-winning performance, Sourav Ganguly is skeptical that he can win it all for Pakistan. The former India captain is the latest player to weigh in on his injury and whether it will affect the match. “I don’t think one player can make a difference,” the Prince of Calcutta told India Today. It’s a collaborative effort. We also lack Jasprit Bumrah.”
In the T20 format, there is no favorite: Sourav Ganguly
In multiple polls conducted by various fan clubs to determine the favorites for this year’s Asia Cup, India and Pakistan have swept all of the votes. However, the former India captain refuses to believe that there is a favorite to win the continental cup. “There is no favorite in the T20 format.” Did anyone expect Gujarat to win the IPL? It’s a completely different format. When asked about the favorites to win the Asia Cup, the former captain said, “You have so little time to recover.”
‘Dada’ also believes that Hardik Pandya’s return will benefit India’s chances in the tournament. The all-rounder didn’t bowl much during the T20 World Cup 2021, but he gradually recovered and is now bowling regularly for the team. As a result, he believes it will be a huge advantage for India in the Asia Cup.
“With his bowling, he’s a huge asset to the team.” He wasn’t able to bowl last year, but he’s returned. So he’s a huge addition,” the BCCI president said.