XtraTime Web Desk: The absence of Virat Kohli will give a psychological advantage to Pakistan, feel former great Waqar Younis. In a brief interaction to a website, the former Pakistan captain reckon the absence of the Indian captain will no doubt put Pakistan in a better position pschycologically.
Kohli, will be missing the ensuing Asia Cup here in Dubai owing to a back spasm which have troubled him of late during the recently concluded test series against England. Rohit Sharma will lead the team in the absence of Kohli. It will be the first time that the Mumbaikar will be leading the senior team in major tournament. Rohit had earlier led India to Nidahas Trophy win in Colombo but this will undoubtedly be his first major challenge.
Before opening their campaign against Hong Kong on September 18 followed by the epic clash against Pakistan the very next day, the men-in-blue hit the nets for the consecutive second day under the floodlights. Rohit was seen having a long discussion with Dhoni. The focus for Sunday’s training session were the spinners. All three spinners – Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzuvendra Chahal and Kedar Yadav bowled long spells at the nets along with Mayank Markande. Seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and newcomer Khaleel Ahmed were rested today owing to the severe hot conditions.
Former India captain MS Dhoni was again seen in the role of a mentor during practice at the ICC academy. He looked proactive in the practice as he monitored each batsman closely at the nets. He watched them bat and wherever needed, he gave a right word of advice to them.
Meanwhile, the second batch of cricketers arrived in Dubai tonight. Shikhar Dhawan, Shardul Tahkur, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and KL Rahul was accompanied by Head Coach Ravi Shastri and other members of support staff. The Indians will have a full fledged training session at the same venue on Monday ahead of the tournament opener against Hong Kong on Tuesday.