According to Indian legend VVS Laxman, the Asia Cup will be a challenge of sorts for India, who hope to retain the Cup without Virat Kohli.
Laxman believed that after the tough Test series in England, India needed to move on and focus on the Asia Cup, which isn’t just important by itself but is also a crucial way to prepare for the upcoming World Cup.
Though India lost balance in the match against Hong Kong, they managed to break through and bring it home, managing to avoid a greatly upsetting and embarrassing loss.
According to Laxman, after the scary encounter with Hong Kong India needed to focus on striking the new ball and strengthening the middle order, both of which they did extremely successfully in the match against Pakistan.
He praised Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s form and the fact that he quickly dismissed Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. This exposed Pakistan’s weakness which was the middle order and the spinners feasted on this.
He was also pleased to see the return to form of Shikhar Dhawan, who had a massive debacle in England.
He pointed out that in Virat’s absence, it was Shikhar and Rohit who would have to score the majority of runs. Apart from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu looks in good form and ready to contribute to the run-scoring.
Laxman was quite pleased with the performance of most of the players on the team, especially in the absence of Kohli.