Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Former cricketer Irfan Pathan believes India’s thumping victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final will act as a major “confidence boost” for the team in the upcoming ODI World Cup.
The defending champions failed to survive the threat posed by the Men in Blue’s star-studded pace bowling line-up which was spearheaded by Mohammed Siraj.
Pathan reflected on India’s performance in the entire tournament and felt that no team was able to pose a challenge to the Asia Cup 2023 champions and how this kind of performance will play a major role in the upcoming tournament.
“It was a very conventional victory and, convincing entry because, in Asia Cup, I think no team came so close to team India except Bangladesh where the main team wasn’t playing. But if you’re talking about the main, where top players played. No one came close. And, to have that kind of victory before the World Cup, I think it’s a great boost of confidence for Team India. And that’s great to see, especially the kind of fast growth that we saw against Sri Lanka,” Pathan told reporters.