In an interview with ‘ICC Review’ on Twitter, Ricky Ponting, the ex-skipper and most successful one, was asked to give his opinion on the India- Pak clash. One should note that India takes on Pakistan in the Asia Cup on 28th August 2022 and later in the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.
Ponting started his reply by saying that the Indian – Pakistan clash is the most anticipated one, and the rivalry has been there for more than twenty years, and it’s a match which players on both sides look forward to, more than outsiders!
Ricky compares this rivalry with the England – Australia Ashes Test Series, which in his opinion, is the pinnacle of Test Cricket. He feels it’s the same for Test matches that India and Pakistan play. When questioned on who would win the encounter in the Asia Cup, Ponting spoke with extreme clarity and decisiveness that India would win the match and the Championship too.
However, he did say that Pakistan does produce Superstars, and they play the matches on the big stage well. He empathizes with the Pakistanis who have not been able to play in the country for several years but is glad that things are turning around for them.
Ponting said, “Anytime as a cricket lover and as a cricket observer when such battles come up, i sit back and watch because everything goes up a notch doesn’t it”?