The men’s Asia Cup 2022 will include a titanic match between India and Pakistan, reigniting their cricketing rivalry for the first time since the T20 World Cup last year. The squad led by Babar Azam defeated India by 10 wickets in the match in October of last year to become the first team to ever win the prized championship. India has now made some significant adjustments to its T20I squad, with Rohit Sharma replacing Virat Kohli as captain. India’s squad depth has also significantly increased, and Ricky Ponting, a former Australia captain, thinks that this will help India win the Asia Cup, which begins on August 27.

“It is always difficult to beat India in any competition, not just an Asia Cup, but I believe that India will be right in the thick of things in the next T20 World Cup. India will take home the Asia Cup because, in my opinion, they have more depth than the other teams “Ponting made this statement during the most recent ICC Review meeting.

Despite Pakistan’s advantage in head-to-head competition, India led 7-5 after 13 games in the Asia Cup (one no-result). Ponting expects a close game between the two sides, but he believes India will prevail in it as well.

“In that game, I’ll still bet on India to win over Pakistan. That doesn’t take away from Pakistan’s reputation as a superb cricketing nation that routinely turns forth world-class athletes “Ponting added.

On August 28, the two teams will meet, and they’ll likely play another Super 4s game. India and Pakistan will also participate in the T20 World Cup on October 23.