Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Indian Squad for Asia Cup. The Asia Cup will start on 15th September and will end on 28th September. Also, India will be playing two games in a row on 18 & 19 September. The most awaited game of the year between India & Pakistan will be played on 19th September. Rohit Sharma will lead the team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who have been rested for the series. Here we are Analysing the Indian Squad for Asia Cup:
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Analysing Indian Squad by Categories:-
The Opening Department will be handled by Captain Rohit Sharma & Vice-Captain Shikhar Dhawan. KL.Rahul will be the back-up opener. Though Rohit & Dhawan are in good form but KL.Rahul is bit off-color. Also, KL.Rahul is expected to bat at No.3 in-place of rested skipper Kohli.
Currently India is a lot struggling in finding perfect middle-order batsman, specifically for no. 4 & no. 6 position. Apart from MS.Dhoni nobody has a fixed place in the middle-order. With Kedar Jadhav now fully-fit, he is expected to take his no. 6 position back. Meanwhile Rayudu and Manish Pandey are the contenders for the no. 4 slot. Currently, all the players are in form specially Manish Pandey who scored more than 300 runs at an strike rate of 99.15 in recently concluded Quadrangular Series between IndA, IndB, RSA-A & AUSA. Out of form Dinesh Karthik is likely to stay on the sidelines.
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Hardik Pandya & Axar Patel will be two options for All-Rounder spot. With Axar Patel more likely to play due to spin friendly conditions in UAE. Currently, both the players are in England and are performing well for their respective teams. Hardik Pandya recently played a huge part in India’s victory in 3rd Test against England and is performing well. Meanwhile Axar Patel is playing for Durham in County Division two and has performed significantly.
The usual suspects Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Jasprit Bumrah are now fit and will lead the bowling attack. Meanwhile Shardul Thakur holds his position on back of strong performances in previous tours. Also, Left-Arm-Fast-Medium bowler Khaleel Ahmed has been added to the squad. The 20-year old earned his place on the back of a consistent show in domestic cricket and recently concluded Quadrangular series. He has taken 15 wickets in his last 9 outings and has never gone wicket-less. Also, he can solve India’s problem of a aggressive left handed bowling option.
Chahal and Kuldeep will handle the department as usual. Currently, Chahal and Kuldeep are bit rusty and out of form in white ball cricket, but they are likely to play a huge part in friendly conditions.
India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed