Sanjay Manjrekar: “I think Pakistan start as favourites more than India, because they have been playing in those conditions (in the UAE) for a while now”
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Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar believes Pakistan are favourites to win the ongoing Asia Cup since they are accustomed to playing in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan made a strong start to their Asia Cup campaign as they cruised past Hong Kong by eight wickets.
They will face a tougher test in their next game, which will be against arch-rivals India, on September 19.
While Manjrekar admitted that India are contenders to win the tournament, he feels that the absence of captain Virat Kohli, who was rested, will make them a weaker side.
“I think Pakistan start as favourites more than India, because they have been playing in those conditions (in the UAE) for a while now and it’s a team which is on the surge,” Manjrekar told PTI as quoted by NDTV. “India, of course, are resting Virat (Kohli), which takes a lot of strength away from the team.
“India are obviously one of the contenders, but when you look at favouritism, [the question arises] which team can be rated as the strongest. It’s Pakistan because of where it (the tournament) is being played.”