Former Indian cricketer and pacer, Venkatesh Prasad in a recent interview praised team India after their seventh victory at the Asia Cup tournament. Unfortunately, it was not all praises for every team member, especially when it came to MS Dhoni. Prasad said that the skipper was on fire with his smart glovework and strategic interventions. But when it came to batting, Dhoni wasn’t as good as he used to be.
Prasad said that after the two-week cricket feast in the UAE team India rose as champions. Led by captain Rohit Sharma, the team won the tournament and this victory is a big statement ahead of next year’s World Cup. Here we even got to see improvement in the middle order. As for MS Dhoni, the former captain needs to step up in the field of batting. When it comes to wicket-keeping, Dhoni is a cut above the rest as sharp as always, Prasad added.
The whole team performed well, all throughout the tournament. From the run getting duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to the incredible pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The fast bowlers were on point and Rohit’s captaincy was excellent, Prasad added.
He also complimented the other teams who took part in the tournament. Teams like Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong. Prasad said that these lower ranked teams posed more of a threat than the ones higher up. Teams who were thought to be powerhouses were challenged by lower ones. This shows how the landscape of Asian cricket has changed over the years. The tournament was a preview or an eye-opener to the new talent and teams rising.
While on the topic of Pakistan, Prasad said that, teams like Pakistan and Sri Lanka’s dependency on veterans is what put them down. Waiting on Shoaib Malik to do something in a time of need and Sri Lanka’s dependency on Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga is what cost them dearly.
While talking about the other teams Prasad also said that Bangladesh deserves a lot of praise. Their fighting spirit was to be inspired by. Everyone thought the final match will be again India vs Pakistan, but Bangladesh proved everyone wrong. Another team to be praised was Afghanistan. They were able to finish the tournament with a last over tie with India which was nothing less than sensational.
Even though India won, Bangladesh’s fight is praiseworthy, Prasad added. They were able to challenge any team throughout the tournament. It was hunger that was backed with a fighting spirit. Even after two important players, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamin Iqbal were lost to injury, they utilized all their resources and stayed consistent with their playing.