New Delhi. The Men’s Emerging Asia Cup is being played in Sri Lanka. India-A team is also participating in this. A day earlier, Yash Dhull-led India-A defeated Pakistan-A by 8 wickets. In this match, the Indian team first bundled out Pakistan for 205 runs and then achieved the target of victory with 80 balls to spare. There was not even a single such player in the playing-11 of the India-A team, so he has played with the senior team, whereas in the Pakistan-A team there were 5 such players out of 11 who have come down from the senior team. But still could not stand before the challenge of India-A.
Sam Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Wasim, Shahnawaz Dahani and Kamran Ghulam included in the playing-11 of Pakistan-A, all these players have played for the senior team of Pakistan. Sam Ayub is being considered as the next Babar Azam of Pakistan. He had a bang in this season of Pakistan Super League. Sam opened for Peshawar Zalmi with Babar Azam. Sam scored 341 runs. On the basis of this performance, he got a chance in Pakistan’s T20 team.
Sam Ayub has scored 123 runs in 8 T20s but in the match against India-A, Sam could not open the account even after playing 12 balls. The same happened with Pakistan-A captain Mohammad Haris. He could also score only 14 runs against India-A while Haris has played 5 ODIs and 9 T20s for Pakistan. Apart from this, Mohammad Wasim was also a part of Pakistan-A’s playing-11 in this match. He has also played test for Pakistan.
Mohammad Wasim has played 2 Tests and 14 ODIs for Pakistan so far. He has taken a total of 24 wickets. But in the Emerging Asia Cup match against India-A, he gave 21 runs in 5 overs but he did not get a single success.
Shahnawaz Dahani and Kamran Ghulam, who were included in the Pakistan-A team, have also played for the senior team. Shahnawaz was part of the Pakistan team in the Asia Cup last year. He has taken a total of 9 wickets in 2 ODIs and 11 T20s so far.
That is, half of the playing-11 of the Pakistan-A team has played for the senior team and the players have experience of international cricket. On the other hand, Rajvardhan Hengargekar and Sai Sudarshan are the only two players who made India A win against Pakistan, both of them made their first class debut in December last year and have not got a chance to play for Team India till now. Sai Sudarshan plays for Gujarat Titans in IPL. He played a stormy inning of 96 runs in the final of IPL 2023.
Sai Sudarshan fiercely took the news of Pakistan bowlers who have played international cricket in the Emerging Asia Cup match and scored an unbeaten 104 runs. At the same time, Rajvardhan Hengregkar played for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023 and he also bowled brilliantly against Pakistan-A and took 5 wickets. On the strength of these two players, India easily crushed Pakistan-A.
Now India-A will face Bangladesh-A in the semi-finals and on the other hand, Pakistan-A will face Sri Lanka-A. The kind of performance India-A has been doing so far, there is every possibility of reaching the finals and if Pakistan also defeats Sri Lanka, then once again the teams of India and Pakistan will compete in the finals and looking at the previous performance of India-A, India’s title is definitely visible.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 20, 2023, 16:22 IST