Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that India have better depth than the other teams and they are favourites to win the 2022 Asia Cup, adding that the Rohit Sharma led side will beat arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the tournament.
The rivalry between India and Pakistan is one of cricket’s biggest and all eyes will be on Dubai on August 28 when the two foes go head-to-head. While Pakistan hold the edge overall in head-to-head meetings, it’s a different story at the Asia Cup with India currently clinging to a slender 7-5 advantage (one no result) from 13 matches.
While Ponting expects a tight tussle between the rivals, he believes India have the depth to prevail.
“I’ll stick with India to win that clash (August 28 match) against Pakistan.That’s taking nothing away from Pakistan because they are an incredible cricket nation that continue to present out-and-out superstar players,” Ponting said in the latest episode of The ICC Review.
The Australian legend also mentioned that India are tough opponents to beat in any tournament, not just an Asia Cup.
“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,” Ponting said.
“Their depth is definitely better than the other teams and I think India will win the Asia Cup,” he added.