Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. (Photograph by Visionhaus/Corbis through Getty Photos)

The Asia Cup is about to reignite the epic rivalry between neighbours India and Pakistan because the arch-rivals will conflict in a blockbuster group stage match on the twenty eighth of August in Dubai. Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting selected his winner for the excessive voltage conflict between the 2 cricketing giants.

Notably, the perimeters may also meet in an epic conflict within the T20 WC later this 12 months on the iconic MCG. Aussie nice and three-time World Cup winner Ricky Ponting contended that India are the favourites heading into the epic conflict in opposition to Pakistan and reckoned the Males in Blue are prone to elevate the trophy, owing to their unbelievable squad depth.

“I’ll persist with India to win that conflict in opposition to Pakistan. That’s taking nothing away from Pakistan as a result of they’re an unbelievable cricket nation that continues to current out-and-out famous person gamers. Their depth is unquestionably higher than the opposite groups, and I feel India will win the Asia Cup,” Ponting advised Sanjana Ganesan on The ICC Evaluate.

India and Pakistan final met within the 2021 T20 World Cup group stage encounter, the place the Males in Blue suffered a harrowing defeat and might be out for vengeance this time round. Whereas the Indian crew has been rejuvenated beneath the brand new management of the mercurial Rohit Sharma, Pakistan has proven no indicators of weak spot beneath Babar Azam both, making the conflict a must-watch affair.

India-Pakistan rivalry could be the top of Take a look at match cricket for these two nations: Ricky Ponting

India and Pakistan haven’t engaged in a bilateral sequence for greater than a decade as a result of ongoing political tussle between the neighbours. Ponting acknowledged that seeing the 2 Asian heavyweights renew their rivalry in essentially the most prolonged format of the sport will take Take a look at cricket to the following stage for each nations, sighting the competition between Australia and England within the Ashes.

“Once I take into consideration rivalries, Australia and England and Ashes cricket is the top. I’ve all the time considered it for our Take a look at match recreation. I’m positive India and Pakistanis will say the identical about that and the precise rivalry could be the top of Take a look at match cricket for these two nations as effectively,” Ponting added.