Pakistan cricket team's biggest enemy in this Asia Cup 2022 must be India cricket. India has proven their dominance through seven Asia Cup wins (1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018).
Five key players from Indian cricket team you must know in this Asian Cup 2022 include:
India Cricket Key Player - Arshdeep Singh
Sharma will rely on left-arm pace sensation Arshdeep Singh to give him an early breakthrough against a team that did not let them take a single scalp in their last encounter.
When India took on Pakistan last at the same venue in the 2021 T20 World Cup, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down the target without letting Fakhar Zaman break a sweat and bother to come down to the ground from the pavilion.
Especially in Jasprit Bumrah's absence, Singh will have to support stand-in pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take early wickets and send Pakistan's best two batters to the hut as early as possible.
Azam and Rizwan have a knack for scoring runs without taking many risks, playing lofted shots. Hence, Singh will have to stick to what he has done through his IPL and short international career and not try anything extraordinary that he hasn't done before.
His outswing can hurt the Men in Green's right-handed opening combo the same way Shaheen Shah Afridi removed KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in his opening spell in the World Cup.
India Cricket Key Player - Suryakumar Yadav
The only man to have threatened to remove Babar Azam from the pinnacle of ICC rankings in T20Is will linger on Pakistan's mind on Sunday as well.
Surkumar Yadav has already gotten 672 runs in 23 T20Is, averaging just over 37.
He has already displaced Rizwan as the second best batter in the rankings, setting his eyes on the top spot with a mammoth strike rate of 175.
Sky has risen to fame for making the most of his brief international career. Ever since his debut at home against England where he opened his account with a six against Jofra Archer, the Mumbai Indians star hasn't looked back.
He has already got a ton in T20Is which came in a losing cause against England. Yadav is the kind of player to make the bowlers pay. He is not happy to tuck the ball around for singles.
The 31-year-old has a habit of scoring boundaries in the most quirky ways possible.
Let it be scoop, sixes over point or flicks over extra cover, Yadav does it all day in and day out.
India Cricket Key Player - Hardik Pandya
Shadab Khan may not be too glad to hear this, but Pandya is probably the best all-rounder among every team in the Asia Cup.
The 28-year-old has saved Mumbai Indians with the bat and ball on countless occasions in the IPL which is why the BCCI selectors did not waste much time in handing him his international cap in 2016.
Don't let his average of 23 fool you, the T20I juggernaut is renowned for providing his team with bursts of runs, playing 10 to 15-ball cameos and scoring 30 odd runs every now and then that hurt the chasing side.
His morale has been high ever since his comeback in the IPL with Gujarat Titans, where he was seen managing his workload with ease after recovering from his back injury.
He has best figures of 4/33 in the shortest format of the game. Pandya usually keeps the batters in check with his quick bouncers.
The Pakistani batsmen will have to keep him in check during the middle overs where the Choryasi-born likes to fetch a wicket or two to break partnerships.
India Cricket Key Player - Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Kumar is always in the conversation when it comes to swing bowlers who can make the ball turn both ways. While Kumar doesn't have the height like Ishant Sharma to bowl sharp short balls or pace like Bumrah, he relies on his swing bowling to deceive the batsmen.
He's coming off one of his finest opening spells against England where he did not let in-form Jos Buttler move across the track and outplay him as the England captain does to the opposition.
While there are many bowlers who can make the new ball talk, the 32-year-old can swing the ball very late and miles, leaving the batsmen perplexed about whether to play or let it reach the keeper.
He has picked 73 wickets in 72 T20Is since debuting in 2012.
His average of 6.93 makes him a regular starter for Sharma's unit. He's the only Indian bowler at the moment who is among the top 10 bowlers in ICC's ranking for Men's T20I. Kumar's ranked 10th with a ranking of 644.
India Cricket Key Player - Virat Kohli
All eyes will be on the former Indian captain as he will return to action after a rest. The Chase Master last played for India in England where the visitors lost to the Bazball tactics.
Since then, he has been on a break to spend more time with his family. The brief period was likely to help him get back to form.
It's been over 1,000 days since Kohli has scored an international ton and this will be on his mind when he plays Pakistan on Sunday.
Luckily, the Royal Challengers Bangalore star has one of his best figures against the neighbours. He is the only player to have scored a whopping 500 runs against Pakistan in ICC limited-overs tournaments.
His highest ODI score (183) came in the 2012 Asia Cup match against Pakistan where he single-handedly brought India the win from the jaws of defeat.
The former captain averages 77.75 in the shortest format against Pakistan, which is the highest in the world followed by England's Kevin Pietersen (69.60), and by David Miller (45.42).
He has scored a whopping 311 runs in merely seven games with three fifties and a strike rate of 118.
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