Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to rest their regular captain Virat Kohli for Asia Cup, 2018 and the Indian selectors have appointed Rohit Sharma as the man to lead the men in blue during the tournament where arch-rivals India and Pakistan are almost certain for at least two encounters.
So, here is a look at 3 reasons why Pakistan will need to dismiss Rohit Sharma early during Asia Cup, 2018.
Virat Kohli is amongst the best batsmen in the world in all three formats and therefore, his absence should be a source of relief for all teams participating in the event. Sharma then will be India’s best bet with the bat during Asia Cup, 2018 that begins from the 15th of this month.
Pakistan’s M. Amir to his credit has gotten rid of the prolific Indian opener during the last few games that the two teams have played against each other and hence, Pakistan will be hoping for a similar performance so that they are able to get rid of the best Indian batsman in the tournament, early in the innings.
2. Conquering the Captain
Half the battle is won once you unsettle and conquer the opposition’s captain. Hence, it will prove to be a great morale booster for the men in green if they are able to dismiss the stand-in Indian skipper early on. Moreover, it will also result in demoralizing the Indian camp if they find their leader being worked out again by one of the Pakistani pacers.
3. Has a Knack of Scoring Daddy Hundreds
Captain or not, Sharma is the only batsman who has scored three One Day International (ODI) double hundreds. Thus, the 31-year-old has a knack of scoring daddy hundreds and allowing him to get going is likely to prove extremely dangerous.