ICC ODI World Cup: With the upcoming high-stakes encounter between India and Pakistan in the 2023 Asia Cup, anticipation among cricket fans for this historic rivalry has surged. The much-anticipated face-off is scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd, at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy, as part of the Group A clash.
Throughout the years, India-Pakistan matches have been defined by players who have either dazzled with exceptional performances or faced critical moments of letdown. Here, let’s have a look at three players who who will play a key role against Pakistan.
Top 3 Indian Players to Watch Out Against Pakistan
3. Rohit Sharma
Team India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, made his ODI debut against Pakistan in 2007 and has since maintained remarkable consistency against them. Across 16 matches, he has accumulated 811 runs at an impressive average of 51.42, including two centuries and six half-centuries.
One of Rohit’s standout performances occurred during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford in Manchester, where he crafted a superb 140 off 113 balls, contributing significantly to India’s victory over their arch-rivals. Additionally, during the triumphant Asia Cup campaign in the UAE in 2018, Rohit Sharma notched another century against Pakistan, further solidifying his prowess against them.
2. Kuldeep Yadav
While Kuldeep Yadav has faced challenges in international cricket lately, his performance against Pakistan remains impressive, despite a limited number of matches. He has participated in three encounters against the arch-rivals, securing five wickets at an average of 22.00 and an economy rate of 4.07.
One of Kuldeep Yadav’s standout moments against Pakistan occurred during the 2018 Asia Cup when he skillfully bowled out Babar Azam with a deceptive wrong-un delivery. He repeated this feat during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, this time with a wrist-spinning delivery that breached the Pakistan captain’s defense and struck his stumps.
1. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli, the former Indian captain, is renowned for his consistent dominance over Pakistan in limited-overs cricket. Across 13 ODIs against the arch-rivals, he has amassed 557 runs at an impressive average of 48.72, featuring two centuries and two half-centuries.
Kohli’s most remarkable ODI innings against Pakistan unfolded during the 2012 Asia Cup at the Shere Bangla International Stadium in Dhaka, where he delivered a stunning performance, scoring an astonishing 183 runs off 148 balls, comprising 22 fours and one six.