Ashraf: Pakistan won’t underestimate Kohli-less India

Faheem Ashraf Pakistan cannot underestimate India even if they don't have Virat Kohli Asia Cup cricket

Faheem Ashraf: “Even without Virat Kohli, India are a world-class team and no one can take them lightly”

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Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has insisted that even though India will be without captain Virat Kohli in the Asia Cup, his side won’t underestimate them.

Pakistan will go up against their arch-rivals in Dubai on September 19, and with Kohli having been rested, Rohit Sharma has been appointed India’s captain, while Shikhar Dhawan was named vice-captain.

“Even without Virat Kohli, India are a world-class team and no one can take them lightly,” Ashraf was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “Every Pakistan player has dreams and hopes of playing against India and to perform well in that match.”

While Ashraf knows that Pakistan have an advantage over the other teams since they play all their home games in the United Arab Emirates, he admitted that his side will still be looking to get accustomed to the conditions they can expect during the match to ensure they start the tournament on the right foot.

“We have been playing all our home series in the UAE so we will have an advantage,” he said. “But still, this is a big event so we will try our best to make use of the home advantage and also give it 100 percent effort.

“We are trying to get used to the conditions here as soon as possible so that we don’t have problems in our first match.”

When asked how Pakistan prepared for the Asia Cup, Ashraf said: “Before the Lahore training camp, we also trained hard in Abbottabad with the army. Following Abbottabad, we trained in hot weather in Lahore so that it would be easier to adjust to the heat in Dubai.”

As for his personal goals for the tournament, the 24-year-old said: “My job is to work hard and perform well, it’s the job of the coaches to pick me in the playing XI. As a player, I always want to take five wickets, but it depends on my performance on that day.”