Asia Cup 2018: India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly said India remain a better side even in the absence of Virat Kohli ahead of the much-awaited clash against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018 in Abu Dhabi.India play their first match of the tournament against Hong Kong on Tuesday before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan on Wednesday.Kohli has been rested for the Asia Cup after a hectic tour of England where he also aggravated his back problem during the Test series.In his absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the team. India have also recalled Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav and the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar will boost the bowling department.Read: Rohit Sharma happy to have Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu in back in teamIndia and Pakistan will reignite their rivalry in the Asia Cup on Wednesday with India having a 6-5 win-loss record from 12 encounters in the continental event.”It will be a 50-50 contest in Dubai,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata.Also Read – Playing against Pakistan is like adrenaline rush, says AshwinIndia are the most successful side in the Asia Cup, having won the title a total of six times, while Pakistan bagged the crown twice.”Virat Kohli’s absence won’t be a factor, they are a better side,” Ganguly said, adding Pakistan too have improved on their performance.Asia Cup 2018: India vs Hong Kong previewThe last time the two sides met was the Champions Trophy summit clash in England last year, with Pakistan winning the match by 180 runs.advertisementA victory against Hong Kong will send India into the Super Fours along with Pakistan from Group A. Pakistan made their intentions clear with an eight wicket win over Hong Kong on Sunday.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more