The highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at the Asia Cup 2023 is round the corner and former Australian cricketer Tom Moody compared it to the esteemed Ashes series, and discussed the strengths and considerations of both teams as they gear up for this monumental showdown.
Notably, India will kick-off its campaign at the Asia Cup 2023 against Pakistan on September 2 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Speaking on Star Sports, the former Aussie cricketer said: “I think this match surpasses the Ashes. It’s always got a lovely story to it, and both are outstanding cricketing nations. And when you look at that Pakistan squad, it does boast a lot of talent. But one thing that stands out for me is that it also boasts experience.”
”So now they have the combination of experience and talent, they are a real threat. They can match India with their pace bowling; they’ve got genuine pace on their side, and the only issue I see them potentially having is the depth in the quality of their batting which India has got. So that’s going to be the interesting pressure that they put on the likes of Babar Azam at the top of the order,” he added.
Moody also emphasized the crucial role of Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi, particularly with the new ball, in potentially destabilizing India’s batting lineup.
“Shaheen Afridi. Full Stop. I just think that Shaheen Afridi with the new ball is a major threat, which he has done historically. Broken through with that new ball, manages to blow away a couple of early wickets, which then opens up the middle order for India to resurrect things. Particularly for a middle order that hasn’t had a lot of game time,” he expressed.