Indian commentator Aakash Chopra is hopeful of India’s top order performing brilliantly in the Asia Cup 2023 Group A clash against Nepal. Both teams will face each other on Monday, September 4 in Pallekele. While Nepal goes into the match after a 238-run defeat against Pakistan in their first Asia Cup match, the Men in Blue will face Babar Azam and Co. in their first match of the tournament. No result due to rain.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra predicted that Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli will score most of India’s runs. He said:
“India’s top three will score more than 50% of their runs. Now who will be the top three, they will be the same – Rohit Sharma, along with him Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli at No. 3.”
The former Indian opener hopes that Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Kuldeep Yadav will give their best performance. He opined:
“My second prediction is Siraj, Shami, and Kuldeep to take over 50% of the wickets, which means 50% of the number of wickets that will fall. The three of them together will demolish the opposing team.”
India did not get a chance to bowl in the first match of the Asia Cup against Pakistan. Jasprit Bumrah, who was part of the Indian XI for that match, has returned home due to personal reasons, so Shami will probably take his place in the bowling lineup.
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“One Batter To Be Dismissed By A Bouncer” – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra believes that at least one batsman will fall victim to a bouncer. He elaborated:
“One batter to be dismissed by a bouncer. It will not be ours, but there are extremely bright chances of one of theirs getting dismissed. It could be Mohammed Siraj’s ball or it could be Shardul Thakur’s because Lord Thakur bowls bouncers.”
While predicting a victory for India, Chopra wished that Nepal put up a better fight than Pakistan, especially with the bat. They said:
“India to win, it’s an easy one. Nepal will bowl decently but if they get to bowl first and there is no rain, India might score 300-plus. I want Nepal to bat with a little more determination and score a few more runs. Score a few runs and put a little pressure. Even if they don’t win, they will win our hearts.”
If Rohit Sharma & Co avoid defeat against Nepal, they will seal their place in the Super Four stage. However, a reversal of the game will see the seven-time champions out of the tournament.