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'We Have Seen What They Can Do': Wasim Akram Names India's Main Weapon For World Cup

World Cup: India will face Australia in their opening match of the ICC event on October 8 in Chennai. India are aiming to end their ICC title drought.

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'We have seen what they can do': Wasim Akram names India's main weapon for World Cup

India won the Asia Cup for the 8th time. (Image: AP)

India clinched their record-extending eighth Asia Cup title by defeating Sri Lanka in the 2023 final in Colombo. The convincing win has made India one of the favourites heading into the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. India will begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8.

3 things you need to know

  • India beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the Asia Cup 2023 final
  • India bundled out Sri Lanka for just 50 runs in 15.2 overs
  • Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan chased down the target in 6.1 overs 

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Siraj's brilliance with the ball

Mohammed Siraj rattled the Sri Lankan line-up, returning with the figures of 6/21 in just seven overs. After Siraj's brilliance, Hardik Pandya cleaned up Sri Lanka as India bundled out the co-hosts for 50. In reply, Shubman Gill, along with his new opening partner Ishan Kishan, sealed the Men in Blue's victory in 6.1 overs. 

Pakistan's legendary cricketer Wasim Akram named Pandya has India's "main weapon" in the upcoming World Cup. Akram, who won the 1992 World Cup, added that India have a balanced side and heaped praise on Kuldeep Yadav.

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Pandya - India's main weapon?

“He (Hardik Pandya) is their main weapon in the upcoming World Cup and India are one of the favourite teams to win it. For starters, they are playing at home and we have seen what they can do with the ball,” Akram said on Star Sports.

“Kuldeep got wickets as well against the big sides in the Asia Cup. So, it’s a complete side. So, well done to the Indian think tank, which has been supporting these boys and making sure that they have the proper squad before the World Cup.”

Hardik Pandya played a crucial knock of 87 runs during India's group-stage match against Pakistan. Although the game was abandoned, Pandya's innings helped India over their top-order collapse before rain had the final say. Pandya finished the Asia Cup 2023 with 92 runs at an average of 46 and a strike rate of 85.18. He also took a total of six wickets at 3.34.

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