Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has recently made some big claims about the significant rise of the Pakistan cricket team’s recent performance in world cricket. He credited tape ball cricket and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as the reason behind the team’s success and the reason they can produce young talents and shape them to bring out their best on the international platform.

“If Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan consistently dish out performances with the bat, Pakistan will be one hell of a team heading into this Asia Cup and the World Cup. It will take some beating since Pakistan is an extraordinary team,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel, considering India and Pakistan as favourites to lift the ongoing Asia Cup 2023.

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‘Thanks to their tape-ball cricket, they have always produced an incredible series of pacers’

Talking about Pakistan’s squad and their performance in limited overs cricket, Ashwin remarked: “It is all down to their (Pakistan’s) squad depth. Pakistan has invariably developed exceptional cricketers. Thanks to their tape-ball cricket, they have always produced an incredible series of pacers. Also, their batting has been superior during the late 90s and 2000s. But, their exposure to various (T20) leagues has been the primary reason for their re-emergence in the previous five or six years.”

Pakistan have kicked off their Asia Cup 2023 in style as they inflicted a heavy defeat on Nepal by 238 runs in their first game. Skipper Babar Azam played a classic knock of 151 runs and sent a clear message to his rivals that he is a challenging hurdle to get past. Apart from the skipper, Iftikhar Ahmed scored his maiden ODI century and displayed ravishing form. On the other side, the bowling trio of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah left no stone unturned to trigger their opponent.

India will kick off their Asia Cup 2023 campaign against Pakistan on Saturday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.

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