Renowned Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his admiration for Pakistan’s formidable new-ball bowling attack, asserting that it currently ranks as the best in the cricketing world. With India gearing up to face Pakistan in the Super-4 stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023, set to unfold on September 10 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Gavaskar’s insights add to the anticipation of this high-stakes encounter.
In a conversation with India Today’s Nikhil Naz, Gavaskar emphasized Pakistan’s rich history of producing world-class pacers. Nevertheless, he specifically lauded the contemporary trio of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf, who have collectively emerged as the leading wicket-takers in the ongoing Asia Cup.
Gavaskar reminisced about a time when Australia and Pakistan shared the top spots in terms of new-ball bowling prowess. Yet, he contended that at present, Pakistan holds the pinnacle position with their immensely lethal new-ball attack.
Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan will play against India in the Super 4 match
This trio’s ability to combine left-arm and right-arm deliveries, coupled with their capacity to swing the ball both ways at an impressive pace, makes it an intimidating prospect for any batsman to adopt an aggressive approach right from the outset.
The backdrop of the Asia Cup 2023 further accentuates the significance of this encounter. Pakistan, buoyed by convincing victories in their previous two matches, appears to be in top form. Meanwhile, India has been involved in only one full batting inning and one bowling effort, making this upcoming match a pivotal juncture for both teams.
Beyond the Asia Cup, it carries additional weight as a preparatory event leading up to the ODI World Cup 2023, heightening the stakes and setting the stage for an electrifying clash between these cricketing giants.