Babar Azam On IND vs PAK: The much-anticipated Asia Cup 2023 is all set to begin in a couple of days and all eyes are on the high-voltage India vs Pakistan clash. India and Pakistan will be neck to neck with each other in the Asia Cup 2023 on 2nd September at Kandy in a high-voltage clash and the excitement around the game has been increasing with every passing day.
Pakistan and India have defeated each other twice in the last two years. While Pakistan won the T20 World Cup 2021 match followed by the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 match, on the other hand, the Men in Blue defeated their arch-rivals once in the Asia Cup league stage and then in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Melbourne.
Babar Azam Talked About The Intensity Of India vs Pakistan Clash
Meanwhile, ahead of the thrilling clash, Babar Azam opened up on the India-Pakistan rivalry while speaking to Star Sports. Babar Azam claimed that the IND vs PAK match is the most followed cricket match in the history of the game and expressed how people wait for the contest with bated breath. He said:
“India-Pakistan matches have been a big rivalry, the whole world watches the contest, they enjoy the quality of cricket played and as a team we enjoy the contest,”
Further speaking on the quality of IND-PAK matches in recent times, Babar said” the quality of cricket is good in these matches and also competitive. People who wait for this match for a long time inspire both teams to do well on the ground”.
Talking about India’s record in the Asia Cup, the Men in Blue have won the title seven times, having won last in 2018 under Rohit Sharma’s leadership. On the other hand, Pakistan has won the tournament twice. They won the Asia Cup last in 2012.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) August 26, 2023
India and Pakistan Squads For Asia Cup 2023
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vc), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumraj, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Sanju Samson (travelling reserve).