Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Hasan Ali: India are under pressure from previous defeat

Hasan Ali: India are under pressure from previous defeat

Ahead of India's most anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in upcoming Asia Cup, former Pakistani middle-order batsman, Shoaib Malik has refused to give in to the hype and stated that the match is "just another game".

While highlighting that the team were focusing on all matches of the Asia Cup and not just the India game, Hasan pledged that Pakistan would face India in the Sept 19 encounter with the same traditional zeal and fervour as it would also be held during September when the entire nation also celebrated the Defence Day.

Hasan Ali dismissed comparisons with Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian captain was a legend.

Ali went on to comment about the absence of Virat Kohli, who he feels can not be replaced because of the latter's ability to bat well in pressure situations. "So that's where we stand as a family including my husband", the 31-year old said. "Everybody knows that he is a match-winner", Hasan said, speaking to the media during Pakistan's pre-tournament camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

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"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", said Hasan Ali. "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", he added. The selectors have made a surprising move by resting the Indian skipper for this tournament which is a big blow for team India already. "If you think too much about the India-Pakistan game then you create pressure for yourself. But I want to say that, we have the ability to beat both of them", Mashrafe said at a press meet Thursday at Mirpur.

"After that, there are many calculations". He scores 23 more runs per match than the average ODI batsman batting in the same situation.

The medium-pacer said that Pakistan will bank on the added advantage of being accustomed to the conditions in UAE.

Rashid Latif believes UAE being the home soil for the green caps will work in favour of Sarfraz Ahmed led side.

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