Virat Kohli was rested for Asia Cup 2018 and Rohit Sharma will be the captain in his absence.(AFP)
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Asia Cup 2018: Virat Kohli’s absence won’t be a factor when India face Pakistan - Sourav Ganguly

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that Virat Kohli’s absence will not be a problem when India face Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018.
By PTI | Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 08:50 AM IST

Former skipper Sourav Ganguly said India are a better team and absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli won’t be a factor when the defending champions take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage Asia Cup clash on Wednesday.

The two bitter foes will reignite their rivalry in the Asia Cup Wednesday with India having a 6-5 win-loss record from 12 encounters in the continental event.

“It will be a 50-50 contest in Dubai,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event here.

India are the most successful side in the Asia Cup, having won the title a total of six times, while Pakistan bagged the crown twice.

READ: Asia Cup 2018: India’s predicted XI for match against Hong Kong

Rohit Sharma will lead India in the absence of Kohli who has been given rest after a draining England tour.

“Virat Kohli’s absence won’t be a factor, they are a better side,” Ganguly said, adding Pakistan too have improved on their performance.

The last time the two sides met was the Champions Trophy summit clash in England last year, with Pakistan winning the match by 180 runs.

India begin their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong Tuesday, while Pakistan have made their intentions clear with an eight wicket win over Hong Kong on Sunday.

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