Undoubtedly 2018 Asia cup is big deal for cricket and the biggest match or the highlight of the series “India vs Pakistan” will take place today. Both teams are the hot favorites to lift the cup so it will be interesting to see on paper who has got the better side. 2018 Asia Cup is bringing the hottest battle of Asia to Dubai playgrounds and the temperature has risen among the public of India and Pakistan.
Lets Compare The Openers of India vs Pakistan Match
Let’s start off with the openers, we have Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq vs Shikhar Dhawan and Captain Rohit Sharma. Now if we look at the stats of each of these players Fakhar Zaman very recently became the fastest to 1000 runs in ODI history with an average of 73 and more than impressive strike rate of 102 proving he is the real deal. While Imam-ul-Haq has an average of 75 and strike rate of 86 but it’s still early days for Imam so we shouldn’t read too much in to his stats this early.
Shikhar Dawan and Rohit Sharma have an average of 46 and 45 respectively while a strike rate of 94 and 87 respectively. These have impressive stats considering they both have played 288 ODIs combined as compared the Pakistani openers who have played less than 50 ODIs combined.
So I have to say the Indian openers are better simply because of the amount of experience and time on the field together.
Middle Order of 2018 Asia Cup, India vs Pakistan
When it comes to the middle order both teams are pretty solid, with Pakistan having players like Babar Azam avg/str (54/86) Asif Ali avg/str (57/180), Sarfaraz Ahmed avg/str (34/87) and the most experienced player in the Pakistani side Shoaib Malik avg/str (35/82). On the other hand India have KL Rahul avg/str (32/78), Kedar Yadhav avg/str (40/109), MS Dhoni avg/str (51/88) and the explosive Hardik Pandya avg/str (29/14).
Each team has their big hitters and players that can steady the team but in this instance Pakistan’s middle order just edges. The reason to this statement is that at the moment, Indian players aren’t in good form with players like Dhoni at the end of their rope while the Pakistani middle order has vigor. Thought the biggest loss impacting the Indian middle order is that they are missing their talisman and the greatest batsmen in the world right now Virat Kholi.
The Bowling Scenario!
The bowling department is another aspect where each team has its strengths. Let’s have a rundown of which team will bring the surprise factor or the wow-factor in the game.
India has Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav. Pakistan on the other hand has Mohammed Amir, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Shadab Khan as their front line.
Both Bumrah and Kumar are the key opening bowlers, Bumrah has a economy of 4.65, average of 22.5 and strike rate of 29.05 while Kumar has an economy of 5, average of 38.86 and strike rate of 46.51. Chahal and Yadav have an economy of 4.73 and 4.8, average of 23.87 and 2. 67, so the Indian bowling line surprisingly looks strong.
Pakistani bowling stats on the other hand are something to behold with Mohammed Amir having average of 30.1 economy of 4.71 and strike rate of 38.2 and Hasan Ali average of 20.55 economy of 5.19 and strike rate of 23.9. Shadab Khan has stats of 4.69 economy, an average of 25.03 and strike rate of 32 which is highly impressive for such a youngster still learning the trade. Lastly Faheem Ashraf also has impressive stats with economy 4.16, average 19.71 and strike rate 28.41. Pakistani bowler can change the game and they have the stats to prove it!
2018 Asia Cup is surely bringing the traditional India vs Pakistan rivalry back and we all are oozing excitement! Stage is set and the match will decide who will be ridiculed throughout the year with the slogans of Mauka Mauka”