Usman Khan reveals what he wants to achieve against India

Usman Khan eager take five wickets in Pakistan's Asia Cup clash with India cricket

Usman Khan is determined to take a five-wicket haul in Pakistan’s Asia Cup match against India

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Pakistan left-arm seamer Usman Khan is determined to take a five-wicket haul in his side’s Asia Cup clash against India on September 19.

Usman was named Man of the Match for his three-wicket haul in Pakistan’s eight-wicket win over Hong Kong on Sunday.

Usman’s three wickets all came in the 31st over as he removed Aizaz Khan on the first ball before taking out Scott McKechnie and Tanwir Afzal on the fifth and sixth balls respectively.

The 24-year-old is excited for the upcoming fixture against India, and reiterated his desire to steal the spotlight with the ball once again.

“India is the No.1 team, they have excellent players,” he was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website. “Definitely when Pakistan and India have a match, not just the players but also the crowd gets excited. It’s a big game and hopefully, we’ve prepared well enough.

“Players that do well in India-Pakistan games command a lot of respect. I want to perform well in the game. I got three wickets today, hopefully against India I can get five.”

Usman also admitted that Pakistan have an advantage going into the match in Dubai as they are accustomed to playing in the United Arab Emirates while India are not.

“Pakistan are used to the pitches in Dubai, so this is an advantage for us and we know a little bit about the pitch and ground,” he said.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa native also revealed that he relishes the competition among the pace bowlers in the Pakistan team as it encourages him to keep developing his game and taking it to the next level.

“If you look at our bowling attack – the ones playing or the ones on the bench – they’re all top bowlers, so there’s a lot of competition,” he said. “It is fun because you have to perform in every game, so I’m putting in the hard work.”