Asia Cup 2022: KL Rahul, the first choice as senior opening batsman and vice-captain, is expected to make a comeback along with pacer Deepak Chahar in the Indian squad to be selected for the Asia Cup on August 8. The Asia Cup will be held in Dubai and Sharjah from August 27 to September 11 in T20 format. Rahul was expected to make a comeback in the team for their on-field ODI series against Zimbabwe but he failed to make a full recovery from the recent sports hernia surgery due to the Covid-19 infection.
Team will be selected for Asia Cup
It will be interesting to see whether the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee picks 15 players or picks a 17-member squad keeping in mind all possible options. From the Indian team of Asia Cup, it will be guessed to a great extent that what will be the composition of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup. India have about a dozen matches to play before the first T20 World Cup match against arch-rivals Pakistan on 23 October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the last six T20 matches, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav have been the opening partners of Rohit Sharma. However, on his return to the team, Rahul will once again get a place in the top order.
Rahul’s return is certain
A source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on the condition of anonymity, ‘Rahul does not need to prove anything. Whenever he plays T20 he always plays as a specialist opening batsman and the same thing will continue. In future, Suryakumar and Rishabh will play as specialist middle-order batsmen. Rahul, who scored a lot of runs in the Indian Premier League, however, has been criticized for his slow batting while opening the innings in T20 Internationals.
Rahul has to change policy
Team India, however, has adopted a strategy of ‘attack at any cost’ in the powerplay, which has been done well by both Pant and Suryakumar. In such a situation, Rahul will definitely have to change his game in the continental tournament in UAE. Virat Kohli’s form is the biggest concern for the Indian team, but the number three position of this star batsman does not see any threat at the moment. There is no specific discussion about Kohli’s future in the shortest format of the game and even if he does not perform effectively in the Asia Cup, his years of experience and match-winning ability have been overlooked for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. would be difficult to do.
Karthik’s place confirmed too
Dinesh Karthik has almost confirmed his place in the middle order while Deepak Hooda will be the first backup option in future. It will be interesting to see whether the selectors pick Ishan Kishan as an additional opener and wicket-keeper option or choose Sanju Samson as an aggressive middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper option. Whatever the selectors decide, one of these two is almost certain to be out. Harshal Patel has reportedly suffered a rib injury and his inclusion in the team will depend on fitness.
Probable squad for Asian Cup:
Fixed Players (13): Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Back up Batsmen: Deepak Hooda/Ishan Kishan/Sanju Samson
Back up fast bowlers: Arshdeep Singh/Avesh Khan/Deepak Chahar/Harshal Patel