The Indian Think-Tank must have spent hours on who should be included in the squad for the Asia Cup due to start on August 27th, 2022.
It would have been difficult to digest with Jasprit Bumrah opting out due to a back injury. Mohammad Shami is also absent, which makes way for Bhuvneshwar Kumar to come in. Experience takes a hit there, as Bhuvi would have to spearhead the attack in the company of Avesh Khan & Arshdeep Singh. K.L. Rahul makes a comeback after recovering from his groin injury.
Two attacking batsmen, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson have been excluded, and Rishabh Pant would don the wicket-keeping gloves. Deepak Hooda makes it to the cut based on his recent exploits. It’s good to see Ravi Ashwin in the playing XI. On the other hand, Deepak Chahar and Axar Patel are in the 15 men- squad.
The selectors have re-imposed their faith in Virat Kohli, who is still struggling for form. Here is the complete line-up.
The Complete Indian Squad
|No.||Players||Area of Skill|
|1||Rohit Sharma (c)||Bat|
|2||KL Rahul (VC)||Bat|
|6||R. Pant (wk)||Bat|
|7||Hardik Pandya||Bat/ Fast-Medium|
|10||R . Ashwin||Spin/Bat|
Probable XI Against Pakistan on August 28th, 2022.
|1||Rohit Sharma (c)|
|2||KL Rahul (VC)|
|5||R. Pant (wk)|
|9||R . Ashwin/ Y. Chahal|
|11||Arshdeep Singh/ Avesh Khan|
The XI would be chosen after reading the pitch. The Indians take on arch-rivals Pakistan on August 28th. Therefore, selecting the Best XI and the players in form is essential. It does look strong on paper, and India has the services of three all-rounders; Jadeja, Deepak Hooda, and Hardik Pandya.
With two spinners and a medium-paced accounting for only at least twenty overs, they need three more specialists in the bowling department. That could be Bhuvi, Arshdeep/ Avesh, and a tossup between Ashwin & Chahal.