India’s Ashwin names his favourite Pakistani cricketers
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“I’ve always been following Mohammad Rizwan and have been speaking about him for a while about the quality he brings and plays very crucial knocks but I think the standout batter & the ways he bats, the hundred in Australia, it has to be Babar Azam,” Ashwin said in a Q&A session on his YouTube channel,
He also shed light on the talent Pakistan has been producing. “After that real sticker that has been going around, Shaheen Shah Afridi is well, real talent. Pakistan has always some talented cricketers and they have more now,” he added.
It must be noted that all three cricketers played an integral part in beating India for the first time in a world cup encounter.
Ashwin also made a comeback to the Indian white-ball team in the T20 World Cup 2021 after captain Virat Kohli asked him to be added for the mega event.
During the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, the Indian cricket team battled the Pakistan cricket team in their first match. Many fans thought that Team India would continue their unbeaten streak against Pakistan in ICC T20 World Cup matches. However, the Men in Blue suffered a 10-wicket loss. Ashwin was not a part of the Indian playing XI that suffered a 10-wicket loss to the Men in Green.
“I have always been following Mohammad Rizwan. I have been speaking about him for a while about the quality he brings in his knocks but I think the standout batter and the ways he bats, the hundred in Australia, it has to be Babar Azam. After that sticker that has been doing around, Shaheen Shah Afridi. Real talent. Pakistan has always had talented cricketers and they have more now.”
It is pertinent to note that Ravichandran Ashwin has not played an international match against Pakistan since the 2017 Champions Trophy. The right-arm off-spinner played in the 2017 Champions Trophy final against the Men in Green where he failed to pick up a single wicket. The Tamil Nadu star will be keen to take the field against Pakistan in the coming years.