India proved to be well ahead of everyone: Wasim Akram

"Their exposure is greater."

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India have had an impressive run, especially in the limited-overs format. Rohit Sharma and Co played the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates and won the championship for the seventh time out of 14 attempts. Previously, the management rested Delhi-born cricketer Virat Kohli, their all-format captain and that was speculated to have weakened the Indian team.

However, the Men in Blue showed no signs of nervousness and brushed aside their opponents without much fuss. Sharma and Co turned out to be the only team, who didn’t lose a single encounter. In the meantime, Wasim Akram, the former Pakistani cricketer, reckons that tournament’s like the Indian Premier League (IPL) has worked wonders for the Indian team.

“India proved to be well ahead of everyone. Their exposure is greater, they have financial benefits and the money invested in their system like the Indian Premier League is bearing fruits,” Akram was quoted as saying in Times Now.

I am sure Pakistan will bounce back

Pakistan, on the contrary, didn’t have an auspicious outing. Sarfraz Ahmed’s men lost to India as many as twice. In the final match of the Super 4 stage, they slumped against Bangladesh and bowed out of the event. However, Akram believes that Pakistan will make a comeback. He also didn’t mince any words in saying that the likes of Afghanistan and Bangladesh are becoming a brute force.

“It’s hard to predict eight months in advance but I am sure Pakistan will bounce back. They have some serious work to do in both bowling and batting. Bangladesh have an inspirational captain in Mashrafe Mortaza and Afghanistan is becoming a dangerous team,” he added.

Recently, the former left-arm fast bowler mentioned that Pakistan’s performance was embarrassing for him. Sarfraz’s men will now play a two-match Test series against Australia. The first Test gets underway on October 7 in Dubai.

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