Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has described India as a strong contender for the Champions Trophy against Pakistan.
Afridi said in his column for the ICC, “It’s normal as an obsessive Pakistani supporter that I would like my team to win against any team, especially against India.
“He said,” However, with the recent history and depth of the Indian team, its stance in this match is a bit overwhelming.
“Afridi said that Pakistani bowlers have to do their top against India’s strong batting unit.
“The batting line-up of the Indians, under Kohli’s leadership, is quite strong, which can shock any bowling attack on any day.
“Afridi said,” Everyone knows Kohli as a top order batsman and he has played some memorable innings in ODI format. ”
He said, “I remember his glorious century against us in the 2012 Asia Cup, while Adelaide was the best in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
“Afridi said,” To bowl to Kohli always was a challenge and Pakistani bowlers would have to be the best in their game against him. ”
Afridi said, “He should try to be aggressive, especially when he reached the crease. If Pakistan gives Kohli out cheaply, then this will increase his hopes of restricting India on low scores. ”
Former Pakistan captain feels that “Although batting has been the traditional strength of India, its bowling attack is also quite balanced, which includes some excellent bowlers headed by Ravichandran Ashwin. ”
He said, “This off-spinner has played a key role in the recent successes of India’s three formats. Ashwin’s line and length is so precise that even the best players are also in trouble. ”
Afridi said, “He gets full support from Ravindra Jadeja, who has been another important bowler of Indian line-up in recent years.
Although the situation in England may not be so appealing of spinners, both Ashwin and Jadeja have the ability to make runs in front of the batsmen. ”
He said, “fast bowling line-up led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. I am also very impressed with the young Jaspreet Bumra.