The Asia Cup final will be played on Sunday evening between hosts Bangladesh and favourites India and it will surely be an epic match.
We take a close look at some players who can make a big impact at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium tonight.
A lot of attention has gone the way of the other all-rounder in the team, Hardik Pandya and rightly so, but Jadeja has quietly been doing his business. On pitches which aren’t exactly spinner friendly, he has performed a decent job, though more is expected from him. While opportunities to bat have been sparse due to the top orders’ form, he can really hit a few out of the park, if given a chance.
All the hype around the young all-rounder has been justified so far, with a brilliant 31 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup opener – the highlight in the batting department. His bowling figures have been much more impressive, with seven wickets from four matches in the tournament. He is growing in stature with each match and the Bangladeshis will be wary of him surely.
Raina can’t complain of not getting enough chances as he has mostly underwhelmed in most innings so far. With plenty of talent waiting in the wing, the left-handed batsman knows he needs to get a big score under his belt soon and what a better way to announce a return to form? Once he gets going, things heat up quickly.
Unfortunately, the young player has become the part of a viral social media picture in poor taste. While the bowler hasn’t really performed on the field, he certainly has the ability to shake up the Indian batting order. Leading the pace attack, Ahmed will want a few prized scalps of the top and middle order as he strives to ensure victory.
He has been contemplating retirement for a while now, and the Bangladesh skipper can write himself into his country&’s folklore by leading them to a famous Asia Cup triumph. The 32-year-old pacer has been plagued by injuries and he knows time is running out. Praised for his management skills more than his playing ability, if anyone can mastermind a victory of this magnitude, it is Mortaza.
Shakib al Hassan
Shakib remains an enigma, immensely talented – both with the bat and the ball – but never really performing consistently. The all-rounder can win a match against any opposition irrespective of conditions. A final in front of his adoring fans will likely spur him on to silence the critics for a long time.