Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, had an encounter with the key figures of Pakistan’s cricket squad prior to their much-anticipated showdown in the 2023 Asia Cup.

Before their high-stakes clash in the 2023 Asia Cup at Sri Lanka’s Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, India’s captain Rohit Sharma, batting maestro Virat Kohli, and pace sensation Mohammed Siraj engaged in friendly exchanges with Pakistan’s cricket stars.

In a video shared by Pakistan Cricket, Kohli shared moments with Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Shadab Khan, fostering camaraderie ahead of the crucial encounter. Meanwhile, Rohit conversed with Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, and opener Imam ul Haq after their practice session. Siraj also was seen having a discussion with fellow pacer Rauf on the field, highlighting the spirit of sportsmanship between the rival teams.

In the ODI format of the Asia Cup, India and Pakistan are poised for their 14th showdown. Historically, India boasts seven victories, while Pakistan has clinched five, and one match ended inconclusively. In the 2018 Asia Cup, India dominated, triumphing by 8 and 9 wickets in separate encounters. India has emerged victorious in 7 of their 13 Asia Cup ODIs against Pakistan and holds a 4-1 record in their last five meetings.

Nevertheless, Pakistan, following a convincing 238-run win over Nepal, presents a formidable challenge. Their confident squad gears up to face India in the pivotal group-stage match at Sri Lanka’s Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on September 2nd.

Last Updated on September 1, 2023

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