Well-balanced India holds the edge over Pakistan in Champions Trophy: Afridi

Vastavam web: Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi says a well-balanced India holds the edge over Pakistan in the marquee clash of the Champions Trophy on Sunday.”As a passionate Pakistan supporter, it’s natural that I would want my team to finish on the winning side against any team, and especially against India.”However, recent history and the depth of the India squad gives it a slight edge heading into the game,” Afridi wrote in a column for the ICC.”Led by Virat Kohli, the Indians possess a formidable batting line-up that can flay any bowling attack on its day,” he said.
“Kohli’s credentials as a top-order batsman are known to all and he has played some memorable innings in the ODI format.”I have vivid memories of his sublime century against us in the 2012 Asia Cup, while he was at his absolute best in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash at Adelaide, laying the foundation of an Indian win with a masterful hundred.The former Pakistan captain feels India also have a potent bowling attack to compliment their strong batting line-up.
“While batting is India’s traditional strength, it is also fielding a balanced bowling attack that includes some skillful bowlers led by the wily Ravichandran Ashwin.”The off-spinner has truly come of age and has become a pivotal part of India’s recent successes across the three formats. Ashwin has great control and bowls an impeccable line and length which troubles the best in the business.”The spinners will be complimented by what I feel is a more than capable seam bowling line-up led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami,” he said.Pacer and death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah has hugely impressed Afridi.