Asia Cup, the most revered Asian Cricket tournament that is organized every two years for the nations exclusively in Asia. This year’s Asia Cup is happening in UAE, and the playing nations in Asia Cup 2018 are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan who are Full Members of Asian Cricket Council and Hong Kong who recently secured a place after winning in the Qualifiers Final against UAE. The tournament can be watched live on YuppTV from Australia, New Zealand and Continental Europe (Excluding UK).
Statistically, out of all the nations in Asia Cup, India is the best of teams available but since BCCI decided to rest the Indian Captain Virat Kohli for the tournament, the team may not be at its best. Rohit Sharma is currently the captain of the Indian team and the consists of players like MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur etc. The team though looks pretty strong under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, there is a possibility that it might fumble a little bit due to the lack of experienced players in the middle order.
The Sri Lankan team, on the other hand, comprises of all young players who have a very good vibe but lack experience and based on the recent ICC rankings, the team is not at its best and might lack a shot at winning the trophy. The other teams Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong contain experienced players and the spirit to win but lack the conviction to stand against giants like India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
And this is the reason, why Pakistan has a very good chance at walking away with the Asia Cup 2018 title. Pakistani team is now being led by Sarfraz Ahmed, a man who had been responsible for many victories in the recent past. Pakistan Cricket team also comprises of extraordinary players like Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, etc.
All the young and talented players that might be able to shake any team currently competing in the Asia Cup. Though India and Pakistan stand at the same strengths, the absence of Virat Kohli from Indian team might affect India’s performance slightly and this disparity is all the Pakistan needs to move forward. Given Indian team’s effort in Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, the team might be able to pull off in the Asia Cup but because of the presence of Pakistan in this tournament, we might be looking at a whole different game altogether.
Witness this adrenaline drenching tournament between India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong in Asia Cup 2018 live on YuppTV from 15th of September 2018. Matches can be watched on any of the internet-enabled devices from Australia, New Zealand, and Continental Europe Regions (Excluding UK) only.