Salaam Cricket 2018: Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia Cup

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram weighed in on Virat Kohli’s absence from the Asia Cup, saying that it is the right decisionAkram said that the fact that Kohli will not be available for India, will mean that the Pakistan bowlers will be more confident and will be psychologically boosted. Drawing a comparison with his own is experience, Akram said that he would be more confident as a bowler when batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar did not play for India.”Kohli has been rested and that is the right decision. When Gavaskar, Azhar and Tendulkar did not play, I was high on confidence. The Pakistan bowlers will be psychologically boosted with Kohli being rested,” Akram said at the first session, named ‘Diggajon Ki Nazar Se’ at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.READ – Wasim Akram recalls playing Holi with Indian teamBut when Akram was asked who were the favourites between India and Paksiatan in their Asia Cup blockbuster clash, “India favourites on paper,” he said.But former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels it will be Paksitan who will go into the match as favourites, saying that they will their morales high especially after their victory over their neighbours in the final of the Champions Trophy final in England last year.Salaam Cricket 2018: Live | Watch”The last defeat creates a touch of uncertainty in your mind,” Gavaskar said at Saalam Cricket 2018.But Akram disagreed saying that the players will not be thinking about the Champions Trophy final at all when they step on the field of play.advertisementGavaskar also said that, “Virat’s absence will be crucial.””That is a call for the selectors. Maybe Virat himself suggested he himself be given a break from this. The tiredness is mental more than physical. Mentally, maybe with what happened in England, maybe the better idea is for Virat to take a break and take it easy,” Gavaskar elaborated.”On a lighter note, maybe Virat thought it would be a good idea to take a break,” Akram jocked.”He might have checked the weather of uae and be like I should rest. do you think that makes a difference.”These people have yo-yo tests nowadays so if they pass that I don’t think the temperature makes a difference. Otherwise whats the point of this test,” was Gavaskar’s quick response.last_img read more