Chaminda Vaas, former Sri Lankan cricketer and current bowling coach for the Colombo Strikers, has lauded India’s well-balanced batting lineup, claiming that they do not rely primarily on star batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in renowned competitions such as the Asia Cup and ICC Men’s World Cup. Vaas cited Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shubman Gill as India’s “trump cards” who are capable of stepping up when necessary.
Vaas stressed the importance of Jasprit Bumrah’s comeback from injury, praising his great bowling abilities and consistency, which would be a tremendous asset for India in the World Cup.
Teams, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh, will compete in the 2018 Asia Cup, which begins on August 31. Vaas says it is difficult to identify a clear favourite, given that all clubs boast talented players and diverse strategies.
Vaas said that teams scoring 320 to 350 runs and holding the capacity to defend that total would have a reasonable chance of winning the coveted ICC Men’s World Cup, which begins on October 5 in India.