There are less than a few days remains for the Asia Cup. The 14th edition of the Asia Cup will start from September 15, featuring 5 teams namely India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The tournament will be a feast for fans of India and Pakistan as both the teams go head to head in this all Asian tournament. India is the defending champion. India’s national selectors will announce the team for the Asia Cup. While, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and MS Dhoni are some of the probable names for the squad, here we look at the other likely players to be added.
Left-handed Dhawan is a regular member of India’s limited overs squad and is certain to play in the Asia Cup. Interestingly, he was man of the match in 2016 Asia Cup final scoring 60 runs. Dhawan has a history of doing well in the big tournaments and hence, is expected to do well in the Asia Cup.
The national selectors would be cautious while monitoring Kohli’s workload. Kohli has had issues with his back and there are six more Test matches are lined up for next three months and hence, it will be interesting to see whether the regular skipper finds place in playing XI. In case Virat opts out of the tournament, Rohit will lead the side. Scoring big when you least expect has been his hallmark and no team will ever count this stunning opener out. With Dhawan, Rohit Sharma forms the best partnership.
The Hyderabadi, Rayudu, is a top-notch player. He was selected for the England tour but failed to pass the fitness test. However, his recent good form can earn him name in Asia Cup squad, especially he passed the YoYo fitness test. Rayudu was also on fire in IPL season where he scored 602 runs for CSK.
Rahul is one of the best players of the Indian team and has done well in the middle-order. His IPL form was magnificent and he was also the top scorer for his franchise Kings XI Punjab. He is one of the most reliable batsman in the middle-order who can score plenty of runs. KL Rahul will also remain as a backup opener or one-down depending on the team situation.
The former skipper is the backbone of the team and is the most dependable lower order batsman. Although he has retired from Test cricket, he is in decent form when it comes to limited overs format. Moreover, he is still the best finisher and he will be aiming to do the same in the Asia Cup.
The selectors will also find it difficult to ignore Mayank Agarwal’s rightful claim to a place in the side after scoring truckloads of runs for Karnataka and India A. He has been a stupendous success across formats but with Dhawan, Rohit and Rahul as openers, it will be difficult for the selectors to slot Agarwal.
Pandya is quite promising though this year he doesn’t have much to show either with bat or ball. His ability to strike the ball cleanly is undeniable. Using some useful medium pace deliveries when team requires makes him a compelling inclusion to the squad.
Yadav has been impressive with ball and has an awesome track record in the limited overs. His performance against England in recent series was impressive, and he should find a place in the Asia Cup squad.
Kumar who is recovering from his lower back injury is expected to be ready by the Asia Cup. Similar to Bumrah, he is an integral part of the team in every format and forms a formidable bowling attack with Bumrah. He has the talent of swinging the ball both ways which bother the opposition batsmen.
Nobody has answers to Bumrah’s amazing yorkers. India can put an end to the opposition’s menacing death over woes by having him in the squad. Bumrah’s pinpoint accuracy, amazing yorkers are doing wonders for India and he is regarded as the backbone of India’s bowling line-up. He will be essential for India’s title defence.
Pair of Kuldeep and Chahal are able to trouble batsmen and can unsettle top batsmen. He plays an important role in India’s spinning department. The wrist spinner has been picking up wickets at regular intervals and hold the key to India’s chances in the tournament.