first_imgPakistan pacer Hasan Ali said he would have liked to have Virat Kohli’s wicket at the Asia Cup 2018 but felt his absence from India squad at the tournament may be good news for Pakistan.Ali was a part of the Pakistan team that inflicted a massive 180-run loss on India during the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. Ali took three wickets in the final but it was Mohammad Amir who snapped up Kohli.India and Pakistan will face each other in the Asia Cup for the first time after the Champions Trophy. The arch-rivals are scheduled to battle at least twice in the tournament and if both reach the final, then they will have played each other three times in the UAE.Ali showered praises on Indian captain Kohli, who has been rested for the tournament. He saw an opportunity for Pakistan in Kohli’s absence.READ – Virat Kohli rested for Asia Cup 2018, Rohit Sharma named India captain”Virat Kohli is a very good player. Everybody knows that he is a match-winner. Though India are still a good side, his absence is going to be an advantage for us. He can drive his team out of pressure anytime and any newcomer won’t be good enough to handle the pressure. I am definitely going to miss bowling at him. It’s natural that every young bowler would like to have his wicket.”But it’s okay if he is not coming … I will look for him the next time. I wasn’t targeting Kohli only. We are not going to play only against India as there are other teams [in the tournament] as well. Our main focus is the entire tournament rather than winning one game and losing others. We have do well to beat every team and try to win the tournament,” Ali told reporters during Pakistan’s pre-tournament camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.advertisementAlso read – Asia Cup: Shaheen Afridi gets maiden ODI call up for Pakistan, Hafeez, Yasir axedAli feels that post the Champions Trophy defeat, it will be India who will be under pressure when the countries face each other in UAE, a place that has been Pakistan’s cricket home for a long time now.”We are on top right now and they [India] will be under pressure from the previous defeat,” Ali said. “In UAE, these are our conditions, we have the home advantage as we have been playing here for long and very much aware how to use the conditions well. Hasan Ali wishes to take “all ten wickets” against India and perform his celebration. (Reuters Photo)”India are a good side and I wish to take all ten wickets rather than a five-for, and make my fans across the world happy with my celebration style. There is definitely pressure but I feel good when pressure mounts on me because that is where I try to perform and help my side win.”Recently, Ali was in the news for topping Kohli’s yo-yo test score and comparisons were drawn between the fitness of the two players. However, Ali quashed all the comparison and said Kohli “is fitter anyway”.Also read – Asia Cup: Lee backs Rohit and Dhawan to rise to occasion in Kohli’s absence”People might be comparing my fitness results with Kohli, but he is fitter anyway,” Hasan pointed out.”He is a world class player, he is our senior and a legend. There is nothing like I am competing with him, but I have enhanced my focus to be fitter which is anyway required for me. As a youngster you have to look after yourself properly and keep yourself fit.Also read – India are not a one-man team: Dean Jones on Kohli’s exclusion from Asia Cup”I want to play Test cricket and that’s my ambition. Similarly like my T20I and ODI performance, I want to carry on my good work in Tests as well and with my fitness, I can go long way with it.”On the other hand, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza also believed that his team was capable of beating India in the Asia Cup.Also read – Different rules for different people: Harbhajan surprised as selectors ignore Mayank”We are not so far from the other team. I think India has a good chance (to win the title), and Pakistan will play at their home-like ground. So, they also have the opportunity (to clinch the trophy). But I want to say that, we have the ability to beat them too. We have to see if we can make the Super Four by playing good cricket in the group phase,” Mashrafe said at a press meet on Thursday at Mirpur.advertisement”After that, there are many calculations. If everything goes in the right way, we won’t be so far from other teams. We may have to face the tough situation on many occasions. Because we did not play in UAE as a team before. So, the condition will not be easy for us. Overall, we are thinking from every angle,” Mashrafe told.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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