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Ganguly makes prediction about the Indian team in Asia Cup 2018

Despite India’s 4-1 defeat to England in the recently concluded Test series, former captain Sourav Ganguly has predicted that the current ODI team could win the ongoing Asia Cup in the UAE.

The absence of permanent captain Virat Kohli could arguably have some major effects, but Ganguly somewhat believes that the team is well-equipped to emerge victorious in the tournament.

He reportedly said, “India are a good side. They will do well in the Asia Cup. India could not do that well in England but in limited overs they are a top side.”

The Indian team, led by Rohit Sharma will initiate their campaign against Hong Kong on 18th September. Thereafter, they will face Pakistan the very next day, which is undoubtedly a highly anticipated encounter.

About Sharma’s captaincy, Ganguly said, “He has a very good record as captain so I expect him to do well too.”

Kohli has been rested from the tournament to manage his workload and prepare him thoroughly for India’s tour to Australia in November. The 29-year-old has been the mainstay of India’s batting order and is quite pivotal to how the team performs in ODIs regularly.

Currently, the Indian captain has scored 35 centuries in 50 overs cricket, which is a clear testament to how his contributions are vital to the team’s overall performance.

On Kohli, the former Indian captain said, “With Virat the team is much stronger. Still without him also, this team is capable of winning the series.”

Much has been said regarding the advantage that Pakistan carry into this tournament, as they have regularly played in the UAE over the years. However, the 46-year-old reportedly remarked, “Yes, Pakistan play well there. But India shouldn’t get intimidated.

'They should still do well. Conditions there are more or less the same as that of the subcontinent. Besides, India are a good ODI team. They are a fine team and have a very good chance of winning the tournament. But all said and done, they need to play well.”

The Asia Cup opener was played yesterday where Bangladesh notched a 137 runs victory over Srilanka.

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