IND vs PAK: Sourav Ganguly Responds To Shaheen Afridi’s Absence With A One-Line Remark Before Of India’s Asia Cup Clash With Pakistan


Sourav Ganguly, BCCI President, reacted to Shaheen Afridi’s absence from India’s forthcoming match against Pakistan at the 2022 Asia Cup.

On Sunday night, Team India plays Pakistan in a thrilling match to begin their Asia Cup 2022 campaign (August 28).

Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi. Credits: Twitter

At the same location (Dubai) where it was beaten by Pakistan by 10 wickets in their previous match at the T20 World Cup 2021, the Indian squad will be looking to put on a solid show. In the game, Shaheen Afridi was important in putting India under immediate strain by eliminating the top three Indian players. Afridi’s injury-related absence from the Asia Cup was a severe setback for the Babar Azam-led team, though.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah PC- twitter

In addition, India lost Jasprit Bumrah’s services prior to the continental event owing to a back ailment. Sourav Ganguly, the president of the BCCI and a former captain of India, disagrees with the widespread belief that both teams will be disappointed by the loss of their premier pacers.

I don’t think one player can make a difference: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly believes that the absence of one player cannot make a significant effect.
“I do not believe a single player can make a difference.” It is a collaborative effort. “We also do not have Jasprit Bumrah,” Ganguly said when asked about Afridi’s absence and whether it could assist India.

Sourav Ganguly went on to say that Hardik Pandya’s return has been a great boost for India following the 2022 Indian Premier League. Pandya returned to the team after leading the Gujarat Titans to the title.

Hardik Pandya. PC- Getty
Hardik Pandya. PC- Getty

“Absolutely… He adds a lot to the team with his bowling. He was not able to bowl last year, but he is returned. As a result, he is a significant contribution “He stated.

Afghanistan and Sri Lanka square off in the opening match of the 2022 Asia Cup, which gets off in the United Arab Emirates on August 27. Pakistan and India will face off on August 28 in Dubai.

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