Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has said that India will be a tough side to beat in the upcoming Asia Cup and has every chance of winning the trophy for the seventh time.
With the absence of Virat Kohli, Indian would not be the same but Rohit Sharma has all the capability to guide the Indian team to their seventh title triumph at the Asia Cup, Ganguly said on Friday.
“India could not do that well in England but in limited overs, they are a top side. The team is much stronger with Virat but Rohit has a good record as captain so I expect him to do well too. They are capable of winning the Asia Cup,” said Ganguly.
Kohli has been given a rest after an exhausting tour of England where India suffered a humiliating 1-4 loss in the Test series.
India have been the most successful team in the Asia Cup. They have won six of the 13 editions of the tournament. They won the trophy in 2016 too, which was the only time the series was played in the Twenty20 format, making them the defending champions.
India won the inaugural competition in 1984, and then in 1988, 1990-91, 1995 and 2010 before the last one.
The ‘Men in Blue’ will start their campaign against Hong Kong on September 18 before the epic clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar