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Even MSD made error of judgement: THIS cricketer’s remark make Fans go berserk

Former cricketer Robin Uthappa provides valuable insights into India's strategies for the Asia Cup 2023, including challenges posed by Pakistan.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Aug 9, 2023 12:11 IST
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New Delhi: Amidst growing criticism, former Indian cricketer turned commentator, Robin Uthappa, has stepped forward to defend Hardik Pandya’s captaincy. Uthappa, renowned for his insights on Jio Cinema, shared his perspective on the matter during a virtual media interaction, drawing parallels between Pandya and the legendary MS Dhoni.

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Errors are part of the game, Says Uthappa

Uthappa emphasized that making errors is an intrinsic part of the game and highlighted that even cricketing greats like MS Dhoni were not immune to lapses in judgment. He acknowledged that Pandya, like any other captain, is likely to encounter challenges and learning curves. Uthappa praised Pandya’s progressive approach to leadership and expressed confidence in his ability to evolve and improve over time.

Asia Cup 2023: Uthappa’s insights on key players’ strategies

Shifting his focus to the upcoming Asia Cup 2023, Uthappa shared insights on the players to watch out for from both India and Pakistan. He emphasized the significance of Virat Kohli’s form, especially in matches against arch-rivals Pakistan, citing Kohli’s recent outstanding performances. Uthappa also highlighted the crucial role of Rohit Sharma in the white-ball format, particularly in preparation for the impending World Cup 2023.

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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma: India’s pillars for success

Uthappa predicted that Virat Kohli’s form would be pivotal for India’s success, especially given his track record against Pakistan. He lauded Kohli’s recent string of centuries and underlined his ability to excel against the Pakistani side. Uthappa also stressed the importance of Rohit Sharma’s performance, both as an opener and as a crucial player in the World Cup preparations.

Challenges, strategies against Pakistan

Addressing the challenges posed by Pakistan’s lineup, Uthappa highlighted the threat of Shaheen Afridi as an attacking bowler with the new ball. He urged Team India to negotiate cautiously with Afridi during the initial overs. Despite acknowledging Pakistan’s strong team, Uthappa expressed confidence in India’s ability to put up a robust fight on the field.

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India’s bowling prospects in Asia Cup 2023

Discussing India’s bowling lineup for the tournament, Uthappa expressed optimism about the team’s prospects, particularly if Jasprit Bumrah is fit and available. He highlighted the potential spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja, complemented by the pace of Hardik Pandya and a combination of fast bowlers including Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Mohammad Siraj.

Bumrah’s Fitness, Spin Trio: Keys to India’s bowling dominance

Uthappa identified Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness as a pivotal factor in bolstering Team India’s bowling strength. He predicted that Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja would form a formidable spin trio. Additionally, Uthappa highlighted the versatility of Hardik Pandya as a pace-bowling all-rounder and discussed the potential combinations of pacers in the lineup.

As the cricketing world gears up for the Asia Cup 2023, Robin Uthappa’s insights shed light on the strategies, challenges, and prospects that lie ahead for both India and Pakistan in this highly anticipated tournament.

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First published on: Aug 09, 2023 11:22 AM IST

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