Muttiah Muralitharan believes that India have a slight edge over Pakistan with the presence of MS Dhoni in the Indian team ahead of the marquee clash on September 19 (Wednesday).
It will be the first time since the Champions Trophy final in England last year when the two arch-rivals will face each other.
However, India are without their regular skipper Virat Kohli in the six-nation One Day International tournament, but the high-octane clash between India and Pakistan is still grabbing many eyeballs.
Meanwhile, whether Pakistan will ride high on their confidence of the Champions Trophy triumph against India or Team India without Kohli will boost themselves up to have a good game against their arch-rivals is left to be seen.
Muralitharan has picked on India as favorites over Pakistan because of their experience Dhoni to win today’s Asia Cup encounter in Dubai.
As per reports in India Today, Muralitharan said at Salaam Cricket, “India have the edge because Pakistan are a young team. And they are improving. India have got the talent. A lot of their players have played a lot of ODIs, a lot of T20s... They have more exposure than Pakistan's players.”
He signed off by saying, “And they key factor is that MS Dhoni is still behind the wickets. He can control a lot because of his experience. That gives a little more edge to India but Pakistan have also played in Dubai.. they know how to play here but India have a slight edge because of Dhoni."