Asia Cup: Pakistan does not have an all-rounder of Hardik Pandya’s calibre, says Aaqib Javed

Written by Rohit Pawar

Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed said Hardik Pandya could be the difference maker when India and Pakistan meet in Asia Cup 2022 as the Babar Azam-led side doesn’t have an all-rounder like him. Javed pointed out that both India and Pakistan boast a formidable top-order but what differentiates India from Pakistan is a strong middle-order that has all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

While Pakistan does have an edge in the overall head-to-head stats, things are different when it comes to the Asia Cup, with India holding a 7-5 advantage over their rivals in 13 matches.

“The difference between the two teams lies in their batting,” Javed told Paktv.tv.

“India’s batting is still more experienced. If a batter like Rohit Sharma clicks, he can single-handedly win the match for India. Similarly with Fakhar Zaman. If he plays with control, he can win the match for Pakistan. But the middle-order line-up of India and Pakistan, that’s the difference. Also their all-rounder, makes a difference. Because Pakistan does not have a Hardik Pandya like all-rounder.”

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