Wasim Akram backs India, Sunil Gavaskar backs Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018

first_imgSunil Gavaskar and Wasim Akram have picked their favourites in India vs Pakistan clash at the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates.While former India captain Gavaskar tipped Pakistan to win, the ex-Pakistan skipper Akram backed India to come out on top.Akram said that the fact that Kohli will not be available for India, will mean that the Pakistan bowlers will be more confident and will be psychologically boosted. Drawing a comparison with his own is experience, Akram said that he would be more confident as a bowler when batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar did not play for India.India vs Pakistan live streaming”Kohli has been rested and that is the right decision. When Gavaskar, Azhar and Tendulkar did not play, I was high on confidence. The Pakistan bowlers will be psychologically boosted with Kohli being rested,” Akram said at the first session, named ‘Diggajon Ki Nazar Se’ at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.Read – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia CupBut when Akram was asked who were the favourites between India and Pakistan in their Asia Cup blockbuster clash, “India favourites on paper,” he said.But Gavaskar said it will be Pakistan who will go into the match as favourites, saying that they will have their morales high especially after their victory over their neighbours in the final of the Champions Trophy final in England last year.”The last defeat creates a touch of uncertainty in your mind,” Gavaskar said at Saalam Cricket 2018.advertisementAlso Read – Did you ask your mother before coming here? Akram once mocked a young TendulkarAkram and Gavaskar also talked about the importance of India and Pakistan clashes.Wasim Akram recalls playing Holi with Indian teamIndia and Pakistani cricketers are under constant pressure before and during cricket matches. However, the players share great camaraderie off the field, as Gavaskar and Akram said.”On the field we fought till the last ball. Off the field, we were fine. I remember having meals with Azhar (Mohammad Azharuddin). On the 1987 tour of India, Javed Miandad and Dilip Vengsarkar hated their guts on the field but they were so friendly off the field.”The idea was to compete hard on the field and be friendly off it after the day got over. I remember we even celebrated Holi and that was one of the highlights of my career,” Akram said.Read – India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav GangulyGavaskar, meanwhile, said he had once suggested to Imran Khan that Akram, who went on to become the Sultan of Swing, could bowl really fast.”You play hard when the ball is bowled. I wasn’t doing anything wrong to India by suggesting to Imran Khan that Akram can bowl fast.”last_img

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