Mitchell Johnson tips Hardik Pandya to do well against Pakistan in the Asia Cup
He also felt that Umesh Yadav will be a threat to the Men in Green.
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The upcoming edition of the Asia Cup is generating a lot of interests not only because of its new format but also for the fact that India and Pakistan will also reignite their rivalry. The two teams haven’t faced each other since the final of the Champions Trophy last year and there is a chance that they square off twice or thrice in this tournament. With so many matches in the store, the former Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson feels that the all-rounder Hardik Pandya will play a crucial role.
The youngster is currently in the United Kingdom playing in the ongoing Test series against England and has done really well. He has improved significantly since making his debut at the highest level and is being tipped to play a huge part for the Men in Blue in the World Cup, let alone Asia Cup. He also took a sensational five-wicket haul at Trent Bridge which helped India skittle the opposition within a session.
Pandya’s presence will work in India’s favour
Mitchell Johnson is in India to cover the ongoing Karnataka Premier League (KPL) as a commentator and will also be seen in the same role in the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was excited about Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya both and tipped them to play well against Pakistan.
“Against Pakistan, India’s age-old cricketing rival and neighbour, and keeping UAEs pitch conditions in mind, I think seamers like Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya would work in India’s favour. Pandya is currently doing well in the United Kingdom, where he is utilising the conditions well,” he was quoted as saying by the Times of India. The Asia Cup will commence on September 15 as the arch-rivals are set to square off on 19th of the same month.