India’s first assignment at the Asia Cup 2022 will be against arch-rivals Pakistan at the same Dubai International Stadium, where Babar Azam’s men had scripted a historic 10-wicket win against the Men in Blue at the 2021 T20 World Cup group-stage tie. It was Pakistan’s first-ever win against India in any World Cup meeting (ODI and T20). One of the key architects of that win was Shaheen Shah Afridi, who had dismissed India’s top-order batters in Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul. But ahead of the Asia Cup meeting, former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria revealed how the trio can counter Afridi’s exploits with the new ball.
Afridi has been one of the best new-ball bowlers in T20I cricket. And one of the main reasons behind his dominance is his fuller deliveries with the new ball in the powerplay. In their last meeting, Afridi had dismissed both Rohit and Rahul in his first two overs as India went two down for just six in 2.1 overs.