Rashid Latif has gone candid about India’s chances in the upcoming Asia Cup and men’s T20 World Cup in Australia on his Youtube channel. 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 at 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 despite the fact that India has significantly changed their playing approach in the shortest format since Pakistan’s victory over them last year.
According to Latif, India’s ongoing captaincy changes and key players Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli’s patchy performance against Pakistan might cost them the match.
Talking about the Indian cricket team captaincy situation, Latif said, “Win or loss is different. But I think Pakistan’s strategy is looking much better. There are not many changes in the Pakistan side, whether it’s T20I, ODI or Test. When you look at India, they have had around 7 captains in the past year, which is quite inappropriate in the present situation.”
Dhawan was the seventh player to captain the Indian team in 2022 across all formats. Rohit Sharma took over as captain after Virat Kohli gave up his position in all forms in January.
Due to a hamstring ailment, Rohit was forced to skip the whole South Africa trip in January. Both the Johannesburg Test and the ODI series were captained by KL Rahul for India.
Rahul was slated to captain the team for the home T20I series against the Proteas in June, but a groin ailment forced him to withdraw just before the series began. Rahul, Rohit’s designated vice-captain, missed the entirety of the team’s July trip to England. While all-rounder Hardik Pandya led the side in two T20I matches in Ireland last month, Pant led India in the T20I series against South Africa.
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. He added,” Pakistan won because of India’s mistakes last year, and I think this time, Pakistan will benefit from India’s mistakes again,”