Asian Cup: Dinesh Karthik asserts Pakistani pacers are more formidable than Indian counterparts

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Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik weighs in on the prowess of pacers from India and Pakistan


NEW DELHI: Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has weighed in on the prowess of pacers from India and Pakistan, asserting that while they are evenly matched in terms of skill, the trio of Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah from Pakistan holds an advantage on flat pitches due to their formidable pace and variations.

Asia Cup Clash

In the recent Asia Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Pallekele, these three Pakistani speedsters managed to dismantle the entire Indian batting lineup, taking all 10 wickets. Despite their success, the match was washed out owing to persistent rain.

Strengths of the Pakistani Trio

Karthik, analysing the strengths of the Pakistani trio, emphasised the bounce they extracted from the pitch and the unique attributes they bring to the table.

  • Shaheen Shah, obviously the left arm, has an angle to it and brings the ball back in.
  • Naseem Shah swings the ball both ways.
  • Haris Rauf is arguably one of the best bowlers right now at the back end of an inning because of his skid and the nasty bouncer that he’s got.

Challenge on Flat Pitches

Karthik went on to express his view that these Pakistani bowlers present a more formidable challenge on flat pitches.

“For me, they (Pakistani bowlers) are a far more potent attack on flat wickets. If there is something in the pitch, then both attacks (India and Pakistan) at all times become very equal but if I had to play an attack I have a feeling,” he asserted.

Comparison with Indian Bowlers

Karthik also noted that the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami from India might produce slightly less bounce compared to their Pakistani counterparts.

With inputs from PTI

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