Former Pakistani block buster performer Shahid Khan Afridi termed India as ‘favorites’ ahead of the iconic India-Pakistan encounter foaming in ICC Champions Trophy. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আফ্রিদির চোখে ফেভারিট কে?]
“As a passionate Pakistani, it’s natural that I would want my team to finish on the winning side against any team, and especially against India. However, the recent history and the depth of India squad gives it a slight edge heading into the game” – Afridi said.
He also said, “Led by Virat Kohli, the Indians possess a formidable batting line up that can flay any bowling attack on its day. Kohli’s credentials as a top order batsman are known to all and he has played some memorable innings in ODI format.”
“I have vivid memories of his sublime century against us in 2012 Asia Cup, while he was at his absolute best in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash at Adelaide, laying the foundation of an Indian win with a masterful hundred” – Afridi added.
Reckoning it a tough challenge to bowl to Kohli for Pakistani bowlers, Afridi said, “For me, bowling to Virat Kohli was always a challenge and Pakistani bowlers would have to be on top of their game against him. They must try and attack, especially when he is new at crease. If Pakistan dismisses Kohli cheaply, it will significantly increase its chance of restricting India to a low score.”