In the most recent episode of The ICC Review, Ricky Ponting revealed what, in his opinion, will intensify the rivalry between Pakistan-India and predicted who he believes will win the Asia Cup.
When India and Pakistan meet on August 28 in Dubai, it will be one of the most anticipated matches in cricket history.
In Ricky Ponting what causes the fierce competition between India and Pakistan?
Throughout his career, Ponting participated in numerous pivotal games at important competitions, with the Ashes rivalry between Australia and England is the most intense he witnessed.
The Australian captain enjoyed the added demands that came along with those matches, and he believes that when India plays Pakistan, the expectation and pressure to succeed must be increased even more.
Ponting told Sanjana Ganesan on The ICC Review that;
“To be totally honest it’s one that we’ve been starved of, haven’t we … looking back the last 15 or 20 years.“As a cricket lover like I am and a cricket observer, any time those sorts of battles come up it’s almost always nice to sit back and watch because everything just goes up a notch, doesn’t it?”
Does Ricky Ponting suggest How to strengthen this great rivalry even more between India and Pakistan?
Since they battled to a high-scoring stalemate in Bengaluru in 2007, when Sourav Ganguly’s 239 made headlines, India and Pakistan haven’t faced off in a Test match.
The two teams might still meet in the ICC World Test Championship final the following year, and Ponting would really want to see the rivalry intensify by playing more red-ball cricket.
Ponting said, “When I think about rivalries, Australia and England and Ashes cricket is the pinnacle I’ve always thought of for our Test match game.”
“I’m sure India and Pakistanis will say the same about that and the actual rivalry would be the pinnacle of Test match cricket for those two countries as well.”
What does Ricky Ponting think about the winner?
Ponting anticipates a close battle between the arch-rivals, he thinks India has the strength to win.
“I’ll stick with India to win that clash against Pakistan,” he anticipated what would occur in the match on August 28.
“That’s taking nothing away from Pakistan because they are an incredible cricket nation that continues to present out-and-out superstar players.”
While India presently holds a slim 7-5 lead (one no result) over Pakistan after 13 games in the Asia Cup, Pakistan holds the overall advantage in head-to-head meetings.
Team composition and Ponting prediction
During his stint as an IPL coach, Ponting had the opportunity to work with many of India’s T20I stars, and he has been keeping an eye on their preparations for the T20 World Cup.
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Despite Rahul Dravid and the selection committee rotating players frequently, India has won 17 of its 21 T20I matches this calendar year. Mohammed Shami, a fast bowler who hasn’t played for India in T20I cricket since the 2015 T20 World Cup, is absent despite the changes.
Ricky Ponting’s thoughts about Mohammed Shami’s exclusion
“He’s been a very, very good bowler for India for a long time now. If you look at his strengths, his Test cricket is probably where he thrives the most,” Ponting told.
“I think there are better fast bowlers in Indian T20 cricket than Shami and they’ve only named three (for the Asia Cup). So if there are potentially four named in the squad he might be the fourth man in.
“I would think they’ll probably only have the four quicks coming to Australia. They’ll still want to bring a lot of spins here even though the wickets are probably not that conducive.”
Regardless of who is chosen, Ponting feels confident in India’s chances.
“It’s always hard to go past India in any tournament, not just an Asia Cup, but I think every time we talk about the T20 World Cup which is coming up, I think that India will be right in the thick of it there,” he added.
“Their depth is definitely better than the other teams and I think India will win the Asia Cup.”