Former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has said that India has got a good wake up call in the Asia Cup and need to find their final eleven before the upcoming World Cup in Australia.
India started off the ongoing tournament with a bang, winning both their group games. But the campaign has unravelled in the last two matches, as they lost to Pakistan on Sunday and Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
While Rohit Sharma and his men have a slim chance of making it to the final, it will depend on the other results and does look tough at the moment.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akthar said that he hopes that India does win big and play the final on Sunday, but it does look tough at the moment. He went on to say that the team shouldn’t change Sharma as the captain. He went on to say that there seems to be a lot of uncertainty in their camp when it comes to the final eleven.
“I hope India does win big and play the final with us but the only option they have is if Pakistan loses two matches, which I don’t think will happen. But I hope India will be in the Super Sunday final but it, didn’t happen as of now.”
“The one mistake India shouldn’t commit now is changing the captain. Rohit Sharma looks very uncomfortable, he is shouting. The final eleven you have seen in the last three games, they have made so many changes. For me, it looks like there’s a lot of uncertainty in their camp,” said Akhtar.
The former Pakistan pacer then went on to say that the Asia Cup campaign has been a good wake up call for India and from here they need to find their ideal eleven before the World Cup.
“If you want to look at the high side, India has got a good wakeup call. From here, India need to find their final eleven. This is a good thing for India. So before the World Cup, India has got a good wakeup call and they can decide on their final eleven. Now they know where they’re weak,” said Akhtar.
Akthar also said that India should improve their bowling and find the final five bowlers in their lineup for the World Cup. He also said that it was good to see Hardik Pandya bowling more than 140 and also praised Arshdeep Singh.
“From here, India should improve their bowling. They need to find their five bowlers in their final eleven. One more good thing is that Hardik Pandya is bowling above 140 and Arshdeep Singh is bowling well. Yes he dropped the catch, but mistakes happen. But he is a very good fast bowler.”
“He bowled well in the final over. Unfortunately, he could win the match but he bowled very well that over. I really think he is a good talent,” said Akhtar.
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