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‘I like Hardik Pandya a lot’ – Wasim Akram names Hardik Pandya as the X-factor ahead of India’s clash against Pakistan

India and Pakistan will meet for the second time this Asia Cup.
Hardik Pandya and Wasim Akram
Hardik Pandya and Wasim Akram- Source (Twitter)

Pakistan will be preparing for round two as they lock horns with team India in the 2022 edition of the Asia Cup on Sunday. Legendary cricketer, Wasim Akram has emphasized on the need for Pakistan to play cricket with freedom and make big calls on the field in their upcoming match against the Men in Blue. After India got on top of Pakistan in the first game in Asia Cup 2022, they will aim to go for the kill against Pakistan in the first game of the super four stage of the Asia Cup 2022.

Hardik Pandya set the stage on fire in the marquee clash between India and Pakistan. The all-rounder was at the forefront of a stunning win for India in Dubai the last time they met. Pandya came up with a brilliant all-round performance with both bat and ball. Sharing his views ahead of today’s clash of the Asia Cup between the two traditional rivals, Pakistan’s fast bowling great Akram named Pandya as his favourite cricketer in 20-20 cricket.

“Mujhe ye ladka bada pasand hai I like Hardik Pandya a lot, especially in the T20I format. Because he is a proper all-rounder. Like Pakistan have Shadab Khan. Talking about Hardik, he has pace clocks 140 kmph and he is also an electrifying fielder. When it comes to his batting, he is fearless. I hope I am wrong, but Pakistan need to get out of a losing mindset. Maybe it is because of us as we make memes on social media. That’s not fair,” Wasim told Cricket Pakistan.

“Being a Pakistan, I want Pakistan to win but Team India is coming to the match after a win. Team India is high on confidence after their recent successes. They also have Ravindra Jadeja injured; he has returned home. Axar Patel has replaced him. Jadeja was the main player of the Indian team. He and Pandya won the match for India last time. India also promoted Jadeja at the time. That’s why Pakistan need to take a few risks while playing T20I cricket,” Akram added.

Jadeja and Pandya set up a game changing partnership and took the game away from Pakistan the last time these two sides met.

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