"Not considering India as a threat"- Asif Ali makes bold statement on IND vs PAK clash in Asia Cup 2022
The clash between two arch rivals, India and Pakistan, is always a high-voltage game. No matter what the venue or pitch is, the stadium is full of fans from both sides, which makes it more epic and also puts pressure on the players from both nations.
It will not be a wrong statement to say that players from both teams know that it is more than just a game and the pressure of winning the match is immense, which can lead to a good performance and boost confidence, but sometimes, players tend to under-perform due to extra pressure.
We have seen many times when players on both sides say that they will take this as just a normal game. But the fact is that it can make or break a player. One of the prime reasons is that these two teams don't play any bilateral series and meet only in multi-national tournaments.
India and Pakistan will square off on Sunday, August 28 in the upcoming Asia Cup, and already this match has received a lot more hype from former cricketers and fans. However, ahead of the match, Pakistan's star batter has opined regarding this mega clash.
Asif Ali, who is known for his big hitting and finishing off the innings, has shared his thoughts on the upcoming encounter. In an interview with Geo News, he also spoke on his game plan for the Asia Cup. He said that he is working on his shot-selection and power-hitting and that fans will see him play good shots.
Asif stated, "I am not just considering India as rivals; my focus is on all the teams. We should not look at the opponent and focus on playing good cricket."
Pakistan won the last match between the two, and India faced a humilating 10-wicket defeat in the last T20 World Cup in the UAE. Asif also believes that Pakistan have a strong top-order, which will surely prove to be the reason that they can win the Asia Cup.
Notably, India will enter the tournament as the defending champions. They won the last two editions in 2016 and 2018 and have a total of seven titles under their belt, while Sri Lanka has five and Pakistan has won two titles so far.