Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag feels that India are the favourites to lift the Asia Cup 2018 at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting from September 15.
Meanwhile, India will be without their regular skipper Virat Kohli is the six-team tournament. The selectors have decided to give the talismanic run-scorer some rest to manage his workload. Rohit Sharma, who has led the side before, will take over the captaincy. Click Now For most runs 2017
Many cricketing experts feel it will not be easy for India to go all the way with Kohli. However, Virender Sehwag feels India’s consistency in shorter formats puts them ahead of their rivals. And the legendary batsman also backed India to win the coveted title.
“If you look at the other teams in the tournament, Sri Lanka is not the same team as it was a few years ago. So is not supposed to mount a serious challenge. With Pakistan, one is never sure which team will turn up on a particular day, as they can be great or poor on any given day. India is the only team to play well consistently in the shorter forms across the world. And therefore they should win the Asia Cup again,” Sehwag told IndiaTV.
Playing consecutive games can be challenging
Virender Sehwag feels that playing back to back matches in Asia Cup will prove to be a challenge. He also noted that players won’t face any problem in switching formats. highest run in test cricket in one innings
“International players these days have the ability to switch easily between different formats. So playing the Asia Cup just after the England Test series won’t be a huge problem. But I don’t like the scheduling of back-to-back matches in this day and age when cricketers are already travelling and playing around the year. The reason is that you don’t get enough rest between matches which could affect your performance on the field,” he concluded.