Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali believes Indian team will be under pressure in the upcoming Asia Cup because of the Champions Trophy final defeat last year.
India and Pakistan will face each other for the first time after Champions Trophy final 2017, in which Hasan Ali had bagged three. Pakistan had won the CT 2017 final against India by 180-run.
Archrival India and Pakistan will face twice in the Asia Cup, and three times if both reach the final.
Hasan Ali believes Pakistan are at the top, and that playing in the UAE will give Pakistan ‘home’ advantage.
“We are on top right now. They (India) are under pressure from the previous defeat,” Hassan told reporters.
“In UAE, these are our conditions, we have the home advantage as we have been playing here for long, and are aware of how to use the conditions.
“India are a good side and I wish to take all ten wickets rather than a five-for, and make my fans across the world happy with my celebration style. There is definitely pressure but I feel good when pressure mounts on me because that is where I try to perform and help my side win.”
Skipper Virat Kohli has been rested from the upcoming fixture and Rohit Sharma will lead India. Talking about Virat Kohli, Hasan Ali said, “Virat Kohli is a very good player. Everybody knows that he is a match-winner. The advantage to us is that the way Virat Kohli can handle the pressure, someone else who comes in his place might not be able to.”