With Sri Lanka still rebuilding following the retirement of Mahela Jaywardene and Kumar Sangakkara; Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are most definitely among the top 3 favorite sides for Asia Cup, 2018.
So, here is a look at 3 players from these sides who hold the key to the tournament’s prestigious trophy.
1. Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman has been in prolific form of late. He is a proven big match player and hence, there is a good possibility of Pakistan winning the tournament if he is able to deliver consistently during the event.
2. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma will be leading India in absence of Virat Kohli who has been allowed rest for this tournament. Sharma then has a key role to play both as a skipper and as an opening batsman. The guy has got 3 ODI double hundreds and therefore, expect India to run away with the trophy if he scores on a regular basis.
3. Mashrafe Mortaza
In terms of skill, Mashrafe Mortaza is no match for his own teammate Shakib Al Hassan let alone Fakhar Zaman or Rohit Sharma. Nevertheless, he has this calming influence in the Bangladesh dressing that stops them from getting into panic mode and thus, imploding as often as they do otherwise in his absence.
Bangladesh, might not be a strong as Pakistan and India still, under Mashrafe they definitely can’t be taken lightly and in their case, a lot will depend on how well their skipper is able to lead the side.