Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan have a better bowling attack than India, feels Saeed Ajmal

first_imgPakistan lost to India in previous encounter by 8 wickets in the 2018 Asia Cup just four days ago and on Sunday the Sarfraz Ahmed-led and Rohit Sharma-led sides meet again in the Super Four round at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.Pakistan won a thriller against Afghanistan by 3 wickets in their first Super Four match, whereas India have so far been unbeaten in the tournament, including their comprehensive 7-wicket victory against Bangladesh on Friday.On the eve of the India-Pakistan Super Four clash, former Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal feels it is India who have adapted to the conditions better, and hence have performed better than Pakistan.Asia Cup 2018: India vs Pakistan live streaming | How to watch IND vs PAK ODI match”With Hardik Pandya being injured, Ravindra Jadeja came in against Bangladesh and look how well he adapted,” Ajmal was quoted by Hindustan Times. “The all-rounder starts off with four wickets in the game. This is what makes you sit up and take note. If you notice, India haven’t looked to play attacking cricket with bat in hand. They have waited to launch an onslaught and have kept wickets in hand. The openers have given the team a good start in all the games. Rohit has been top-class both with bat and as captain. And now you have an MS Dhoni who looked in good form against Bangladesh. “If you come to the bowling attack, you have Jasprit Bumrah who has been exceptional. Then you have someone like Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvneshwar can bowl with both the new and old ball. Thanks to these two India’s death bowling has become strong. The spinners have also done an excellent job except for Yuzvendra Chahal.”advertisementREAD PREVIEW – Unbeaten India look to continue momentum vs unpredictable PakistanAjmal also said that it is India who have more experience, as compared to Pakistan. “They have the experience and if you look at the Pakistan team, you only have a Shoaib Malik who is a senior pro. India on the other hand have four or five players who have been in the team for a while now. Yes, Pakistan might have beaten India in the final of the Champions Trophy, but that doesn’t take away the fact that India have experience on their side.”READ – Pakistan fan, who sang Indian anthem in match vs India, has another plan for SundayThe win in the Champions Trophy final withstanding, it is India who have come up on trumps against Pakistan in their recent, albeit numbered, meetings.Ajmal expressed his concern about Pakistan’s manner of defeat in the group stage to India, rather than the actual loss. He even urged the Pakistan batsmen to show more responsibility with the bat to give their bowlers enough runs to play with.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | Photos”I have just one message for them and that is for them to play positively,” he said. “They shouldn’t think too far ahead and when you have some quality bowlers in your ranks, you just need to stay positive and look to have the right attitude. In the last game, India won one sided and when the team does that minus Virat Kohli, that is unacceptable. A good contest is what is expected, after that if you lose well bad luck.READ – Sunil Gavaskar impressed with Rohit Sharma’s captaincy”Losing with dignity is one thing and getting thrashed is another. I feel that Pakistan have a better bowling attack than India’s and it is the batting which let the team down in the last game. If the batsmen can give the bowlers something to play with, things can change. You have to realise that India have the batting to score 300. On the other hand, the Pakistan attack is one which can keep them under check. But, even then, the batsmen have to put at least 250 on the board if they bat first.”READ – It was a very ordinary performance from Pakistan: Wasim AkramAjmal, who in the past has starred for Pakistan with 184 wickets in 113 ODIs, showed his concern thatPakistan have went with only frontline spinner in the tournament as compared to the other teams at this stage in the tournament – as India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have made more impact with their two-three spinners.READ – Pakistan crumbled under pressure vs India, says Harbhajan Singh”I had a good record on these wickets and I feel over here you need to add a lot of variation to your bowling,” Ajmal said. “If you keep bowling at the same pace on these wickets, you are bound to be taken to the cleaners. The team needs to have more than one spinner. If you look at both India and Afghanistan, they are playing three spinners each and I feel that is what the track and conditions demand. Pakistan must also go the same direction. No team is winning with fast bowlers here (in UAE), all are winning because of their spinners. Look at even Afghanistan and you will see what I am trying to say.advertisement”I am a bit surprised to see that Pakistan is failing to find the right combination. We have played so many matches here in Dubai and we should be aware of what the conditions are and what is expected when it comes to team selection. You have to admit that the conditions in the UAE suit the spin bowlers.”Ajmal also had an advice for Pakistan, ahead of their match against India.”If you ask me, I would say Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan should be playing together as spin is the way to go. Secondly, the bowlers need the support of the batsmen and Pakistan must score 250 plus as all the teams have managed to do that when it comes to winning games. In this case, they must also remember that India chase really well and if they cannot put at least 250 on the board, the Pakistan bowlers will not have much to do. They should fight till the end and make this a contest that shall be remembered for ages,” Ajmal concludedlast_img read more

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