India will take on a volatile Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 tournament here on Saturday.
But the most exciting aspect will be whether the tainted Mohammed Amir gets a place in playing 11. Returning after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing, Amir started playing for the national team since the tour of New Zealand.
Virat Kohli has already greeted Amir's return but not much is known about what other Indian players, including Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, think about the guilty spot- fixer's inclusion. The two teams last met a year and 11 days back in Adelaide during the 50-over World Cup game which India beat Pakistan by 76 runs.
The Indian team, under Dhoni, is at its peak with all the departments coming together. The rise of Hardik Pandya as a batting all-rounder, who can bowl seam-up, has given the side necessary balance that Dhoni had been wanting for long.
In theory, Indians are way ahead in each and every department of the game but the beauty of this game is the opponent's unpredictability. Over the years, Pakistan teams have been seen hitting the zenith and nadir in a gap of few matches.
The only concern would be Dhoni's back spasm, even though he ignored the pain and played against Bangladesh.