Asia Cup 2014: Indian fans have full faith in their team beating Pakistan in much-awaited clash
Last time India played Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2012, India beat their arch-rivals by six wickets. Virat Kohli scored a brilliant 183 © AFP
Life will come to a standstill in India and Pakistan in a few hours when the cricket teams of the two countries clash in the 2014 Asia Cup. For the cricket fans of the two countries, this is one match which they don’t want their team to lose. Vineet Varma talks to three Indian fans ahead of the India-Pakistan match on Sunday.
Cricket fan Krishna Kumar (24) is eagerly awaiting the much-awaited contest like everyone else. The MBA student says, “I think it is going to be a great contest. The flat tracks used during the tournament will help the batsmen of either side to post huge scores. The toss will play an important role in determining which team gets the upper hand. The side batting second has a better chance of winning the game as the dew factor will come into play as bowlers will find it difficult to grip the ball. Pakistan have quality seamers in Umar Gul and Junaid Khan and, unlike the Indian fast bowlers, will be threatening. The role of the spinners could be decisive as the track could assist the slow bowlers. Virat Kohli has been in good knick in recent times and if he plays a big knock as he has been doing with regularity in the previous few matches then India surely look set to seal the contest with a flourish. I see India as favourites as they have a good track record in the sub-continent and also considering the fact that they will have the edge in the batting department. I expect the game to be a clash between the Pakistani bowling and the Indian batting.”
Aldon Quadros (17) a first-year BMM student, also felt India would be favourties because of India’s strong batting line-up. But unlike Krishna Kumar, Quadros expects the side batting first to win the match as it could be a belter of a track and posting a big total could mean pressure of chasing. Where Quadros is in agreement with Krishna was India’s trump card: Virat Kohli. “He [Kohli] is the man to watch out for in the Indian batting line-up and has the ability to tear apart the strong Pakistani bowling attack to shreds, thanks to his wide array of strokes.”
In India everybody has an opinion when it comes to cricket and 12-year-old Chaitali is no exception. The ninth-grader, at Kohli fanatic, said: “I love the way India bats and though Pakistan have a strong bowling, I think India will clinch a close encounter.”
(Vineet Varma is a writer at Cricket Country. He can be followed @Vinfire19)