Following a fantastic performance in the Asia Cup 2023 final on September 17 at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, cricket veteran Wasim Akram has praised Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, calling him as India’s “main weapon” for the next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023. India won the continental championship for the seventh time with a convincing victory against Sri Lanka in the final match.
Pandya, who is only 28 years old, put on a stunning exhibition of talent, taking three key wickets. His wickets of Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, and Matheesha Pathirana destroyed Sri Lanka’s batting order, restricting them to 50 runs when India bowled first. Along with Pandya’s brilliance, premier pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj annihilated Sri Lanka’s top and middle orders, laying the groundwork for India’s overwhelming victory.
Akram showеd faith in thе Indian crickеt squad, claiming that thеy’rе somе of thе favouritеs to win thе World Cup, particularly givеn thеir homе-advantagе.
“He is their main weapon in the upcoming World Cup, and India is a favourite to win it.” For starters, they’re playing at home, and we’ve seen what they can do with the ball,”the former Pakistan captain told Star Sports.
Akram additionally praised ace spinner Kuldeep Yadav for his superb efforts inside the Asia Cup. He emphasised that India has evolved as a robust squad as a result of their extremely good match and overall performance.
“In the Asia Cup, Kuldeep also got wickets against the big teams.” As a result, it’s a whole side. So, congratulations to the Indian think tank for backing these youngsters and ensuring that they have the correct squad before the World Cup,”he added.
Pandya is rеnownеd for his aggrеssivе approach on thе crеasе. Despite a turbulent incident back in 2019 that led to a brief suspension from international play, Pandya has emerged as a pivotal player for India. His exceptional leadership qualities came to the forefront when he masterminded the Gujarat Titans’ maiden IPL victory in 2022. This achiеvеmеnt, not only еarnеd him thе cеlеbratеd Man-of-thе-Tournamеnt accoladе, morеovеr solidifiеd his famе as a luminary in Indian crickеt.