Former England swing fast bowler Dominic Cork reckons India looks like a complete package after winning the Asia Cup. India defeated Pakistan by a huge margin of 228 runs in the Super Fours stage after KL Rahul and Virat Kohli scored fine centuries.
Subsequently, the Rohit Sharma-led registered a thrilling win of 41 runs against Sri Lanka in the Super Fours stage. India suffered a six-run loss against Bangladesh as they gave opportunities to their bench.
However, the Men in Blue were at their absolute best in the final against Sri Lanka as they won by 10 wickets with 263 balls to spare, their biggest ODI win in terms of ball left. This was India’s eighth Asia Cup title and they were able to come up with a collective effort in the continental tournament.
The likes of KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah made fine returns after recovering from respective injuries whereas Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, and Mohammed Siraj were able to deliver the goods in the Asia Cup.
“We watch a lot of India and Pakistan, you know, we all do. The PSL, so we know what Pakistan cricket is like and how strong that is. But being around, you know, the Bangladesh team, the Sri Lankan team, the Afghanistan team. It was a really good tournament and obviously, India won it in the end. Quite comprehensively, bowling Sri Lanka out for 50 in an extraordinary game. Yeah, every ball swung, every pitch we played on a little bit of bounce, a little bit of carrying them, a little bit of spin. It was perfect conditions and some really good performances throughout,” Dominic Cork said while speaking to Sky Sports.
Cork, who was known for his outswingers during his playing days, added India is looking good whereas Pakistan is looking a bit confused. Pakistan failed to make it to the Asia Cup final after losing to India and Sri Lanka in the Super Fours.
“Who’s looking good there? India and Pakistan are just looking like I know him a look. discombobulated? I think that’s the word. I’m looking for this. Discombobulated. I think that’s the word I was looking for. I just think the way that you look at Pakistan and think they’d have no chance in the World Cup, You know, you could never write them off. But when you look at India, they just look like a complete package. And you’ve got people who want on their side. Shreyas Iyer won’t be on their side. The likes of Suryakumar Yadav will miss out,” Cork added.
India will take on Australia at Mohali on Friday and they will aim to continue the winning impetus.