"Ye ladka mujhe bada pasand hai"- Wasim Akram names an Indian star he wants in his team
That should make it more interesting to see the playing XI of both teams for this blockbuster contest. It will be a hard choice for India between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. On the other hand, the injury to Ravindra Jadeja has left a big hole in the balance of the Indian team.
However, Hardik Pandya, who was rested against Hong Kong, will make his comeback to the team against Pakistan. So it will make it a bit more difficult for Pant to sustain his place in the XI. For Pakistan, Shahnawaz Dahani has been ruled out and they have to make a choice between Hasan Ali or Mohammad Hasnain.
All in all, it will be another nail-bitter for the fans. Speaking of the last game between the two, the difference was the performance of Hardik Pandya, who performed exceedingly well with both bat and ball. Former Pakistan legendary pacer and skipper Wasim Akram has lauded the all-rounder and said that "Mujhe ye ladka bahot pasand hai."
The all-rounder picked up three wickets last time and scored an unbeaten 33* off 17 balls, including the winning six. In an interaction on Cricket Pakistan, Wasim said that Hardik is a proper all-rounder in T20I cricket. He added that Pakistan also needs to focus on the match and needs not to think about losing.
Wasim said, "Mujhe ye ladka bada pasand hai (I like Hardik Pandya a lot), especially in the T20I format. Because he is a proper all-rounder. Like Pakistan have Shadab Khan. Talking about Hardik, he has pace (clocks 140 kmph) and he is also an electrifying fielder. When it comes to his batting, he is fearless."
The former pacer also said that Pakistan should learn from India and should play fearless cricket like India played in the last game. He added that India will be high on confidence but the absence of Ravindra Jadeja might prove to be a big concern because Jadeja batted at No. 4 in the last match and added a vital partnership with Hardik. Wasim concluded that Pakistan should take a few risks in this format.