Here is the Predicted Indian Squad for the Asia Cup 2018. The Asia Cup 2018 was initially to be hosted by India but the political tension between India & Pakistan led the Asian Council to award the tournament to UAE. The tournament will commence on 15 September and will end on 28 September. The tournament will consist of two groups and further top 4 teams will advance to super 4 stage. Finally the top 2 teams of super 4 will play the final. India is in Group A along with Pakistan & the winner of qualifier. Also, India will play it’s Group matches back-to-back, which is a concern due to extreme weather conditions in UAE.
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Predicted Squad Department Wise:
Spinner will be the key thats what we always say for matches in UAE. Indeed the statement is true. So, India is expected to take 3 spinners to Asia Cup. Kuldeep and Chahal along with Axar Patel will lead the spin attack.
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With Indians likely to face Pakistan’s best bowling line-up after Wasim-Waqar era, it will be important to choose our pacers wisely. Bhuvneshwar & Bumrah are likely to lead the attack along with Shami & Shardul as back-ups.
Wicket-Keeper & All-Rounder-
Without any discussion Ms.Dhoni & Hardik Pandya will be filling the respective spots for the team.
Despite being out of form Shikhar Dhawan is likely to take the top spot along with Rohit Sharma. Also, there will be no back-up openers for the side this time after repeated failures by Rahane & KL Rahul.
Of Course Virat Kohli will Captain the side & hence will bat at N0.3 with Dinesh Karthik & Shreyas Iyer likely to fight it out for the No.4 slot. Meanwhile fully fit Kedar Jadhav will again take No.6 slot. Also, India is likely to feature a 16-man squad, so Rishab Pant might get a chance to show his skills after a good performance in domestic season last year.
*India might also use Rishab as a back-up opener if selected
Predicted Squad: Virat Kohli(C), MS.Dhoni(Wk), Rohit Sharma(Vc), S.Dhawan, B.Kumar, H.Pandya, Shami, Shardul, Kuldeep, Chahal, A.Patel, Dinesh Karthik, R.Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Bumrah