‘Emerging ka matlab samajhte ho?’ – Fans react as Pakistan A skipper says India A could have chosen any squad they wanted for Emerging Asia Cup

Mohammad Haris, Pakistan A
Mohammad Haris, Pakistan A (Source: Twitter)

Pakistan A won the ACC Emerging Teams’ Asia Cup 2023 beating India in the final by a mammoth margin of 128 runs. Batting first, Pakistan posted a massive total of 352/8 in 50 overs. Tayyab Tahir scored a sensational century in the all-important final, he smashed 108 off 71 balls, including 12 fours and four sixes. In reply, India A were bundled out at 224 in 40 overs. Notably, this was India’s first defeat in the entire tournament.

However, in a recent interview, Pakistan A skipper Mohammad Haris called the India team to be filled with ‘kids’. While Pakistan fielded as many as eight players with senior team experience, India went with an all-young squad led by Yash Dhull. “People are saying that Pakistan sent A team with many seniors. We did not ask them to send little kids to the tournament. They say that we had international experience in our team. How much international matches have we played but? Saim has played 5, I have played 6. Those guys (India players) have played 260 IPL matches,” Haris said in a podcast.

Pakistan will next face India in the Asia Cup ODI 2023

Earlier, the skipper had hailed his team for their exceptional performance in the final. “Firstly, I would like to congratulate all of Pakistan. This is what happens when you score big runs in a final, the opposition comes under pressure and then if you get back-to-back wickets it gets tough for them. We had tried different combinations in the last four-five matches, tried different players, and it worked well for us,” he said.

“We had shown the videos of the Indian batters to our bowlers. Sai Sudharsan and Abhishek were their main players and we thought that if we could get them out early, it would help us. I am very happy with how the boys are motivated. We have the Asia Cup also coming up and the World Cup too after that. Sri Lanka is a tough place to play spin. So it was good preparation,” he added.

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