On August 28th, the men’s cricket teams of India and Pakistan will square off in the 2022 Asia Cup. Since Babar Azam’s team’s easy 10-wicket triumph at the T20 World Cup last year, neither team has played the other on the field. Political difficulties between India and Pakistan have put an end to their bilateral series, and now they only play each other in international (World Cups/Champions Trophy) and regional (Asia Cup) competitions. Rashid Latif, a former captain of Pakistan, still thinks that Babar’s team will have the upper hand when they face India in the Asia Cup match in Dubai even though India has significantly changed their playing approach in the shortest format since Pakistan’s victory over them last year.

On his own YouTube channel, “Caught Behind,” Latif provided an in-depth analysis of both teams. He said that India’s erratic leadership and key players Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli might cost them the match against Pakistan.

Win or lose, it doesn’t matter. However, I believe Pakistan’s plan is far more promising. Whether it is a T20I, ODI, or Test, the Pakistani team has not undergone many changes. In the last year, India has had around 7 captains, which is rather out of place given the current circumstances, Latif remarked.

“Rohit and Rahul were hurt, Kohli wasn’t there. Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan (ODI), and Hardik Pandya all arrived as captains. Making their finest squad would provide some challenges for them. India undoubtedly has the finest players, but they can’t even field their top 16 players, and I believe they would struggle to field even their best XI, said the former Pakistan wicketkeeper.

Latif concluded by saying that Pakistan had triumphed because of India’s “mistakes” in the T20 World Cup the previous year and that he wouldn’t be shocked if it happened again.

“Last year, Pakistan triumphed as a result of India’s errors, and this time, I believe Pakistan will win from India’s errors as well,” added Latif.