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India’s Probable XI for Asia Cup 2018: A little in between the tangible and the obscure2 min read

The 14th edition of the Asia Cup embarks on the 15th of September with India as the defending  Champions. With Virat Kohli being rested, opener Rohit Sharma is set to lead a rather empirical Indian side. The Indian squad for the Asia Cup contest was announced on the 1st of September.



This is the third time that the United Arab Emirates will be hosting this tournament. The previous edition of the Asia Cup, which was held in 2016 in Bangladesh, was Twenty20 International competition. Whereas, this year’s edition to be held in the UAE is a One Day International contest. 

India’s 16-man Squad for Asia Cup:

Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, K Khaleel Ahmed


Questions about and around team selection:

The overleaping of Mayank Aggarwal’s name has seemed to agitate quite a few.  Although Kohli’s absence might’ve seemed to be a huge blow for India, the first XI looks pretty good. However, the omission of someone with a recent yield in the domestic scene like Mayank Aggarwal’s is totally unfair. Furthermore, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh voiced his rancour via a tweet on Wednesday.  

Favourites XI: 

Openers: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan

With Virat Kohli rested, the Sharma-Dhawan opening pair is going to be the key to India’s performance in the upcoming Asia Cup.

3rd spot: KL Rahul

Technically. the one replacing Virat Kohli in his absence would be KL Rahul. Batting at No. 3 a huge responsibility has been bestowed on the youngster. His position in the team looks undisputable. 

4th, 5th, and 6th:  Ambati Rayadu/ Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav 

Rayadu should be chosen ahead of Manish Pandey in the playing XI because of his current form. He had a splendid IPL 2018 and an impressive domestic season and should be the deal number 4 batsman. His batting has a perfect proportions of defense and aggression.

MS Dhoni is inarguably the first choice as India’s wicketkeeper and will be picked ahead of Dinesh Karthik. Although the latter has proved his worth in India’s recent limited over triumphs. 

Kedhar Jadhav, at number 6, can come in handy as an efficient allrounder, as he has in the past.

7th position: Hardik Pandya

All-rounder Hardik Pandya at number 7 is an obvious choice. He is a match winner both with his bat and with the ball in subcontinent conditions. 

Bowlers: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Jasprit Bumrah.

Here the bowlers in question are the best options available for India for both seam and spin. While Bhuvi could implement his swing to get early breakthroughs for India, Bumrah could take care of the death overs. Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal – both of them could be match winners for India given to their consistency in wicket team.

India will certainly produce it’s best team against Pakistan, on Tuesday. 

The probable XI should look like: 

Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayadu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Jasprit Bumrah.

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