There are only about three weeks left for the Asia Cup 2022 match between India and Pakistan to be held in Dubai on August 28. Pakistan's team has been announced for this big match and this big tournament, but eyes are on India. Everyone is curious to know which players will get a place in Team India. Especially with the players who are injured. Names like KL Rahul and Deepak Chahar are prominent in this. Reports claim that these two are sure to be chosen.
A report by news agency PTI has been told that when Team India will take to the field for the first time on August 28 in the Team Asia Cup, only the team's star batsman KL Rahul will go for the opening with captain Rohit Sharma. The biggest mystery surrounding the Indian team's selection is Rahul's fitness as he has been off the field for two months and was not fully fit even for the Zimbabwe tour.
Rahul's return to the team and opening
However, it is now believed that he will be fit by then and will return to the team. From the Indian team of Asia Cup, it will be guessed to a great extent what will be the composition of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup. India has tried many openers in recent times, but on Rahul's return, he will be Rohit's partner. A BCCI source told about this,
Rahul doesn't need to prove anything. Whenever he plays T20, he always plays as a specialist opener and the same thing will continue. In the future, Suryakumar and Rishabh will play as specialist middle-order batsmen.
No threat to Kohli's place
At the same time, apart from Rahul, the one player who is waiting for the most is Virat Kohli. The former Indian captain's form is the biggest concern but his number three position does not see any threat at the moment. There is no specific discussion on Kohli's future in the T20s and even if he does not perform effectively in the Asia Cup, his years of experience and match-winning ability will be hard to ignore for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
On the other hand, if we talk about other players, Dinesh Karthik has almost confirmed his place in the middle order while Deepak Hooda will be the first backup option in the future. It will be interesting to see whether the selectors pick Ishan Kishan as an additional opener and wicket-keeper option or whether Sanju Samson gets a chance.
Chahar deserves a comeback and a chance
There are also some options to be discussed in bowling. Deepak Chahar, who is returning from the ODI series against Zimbabwe, is also likely to be selected in the squad for the Asia Cup. Board sources tell about this, “Deepak was one of India's consistent performers in T20Is before getting injured. He deserves a fair chance and at the same time, we need an equal replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Also, if he is making a comeback, he will have to play a lot of matches to regain the momentum.
The spin department has also been fixed. There will be no idea about Washington Sundar's name till the T20 World Cup. The selectors have decided that Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel will remain the main spinners of the team for the time being. Apart from Sundar, star pacer Mohammed Shami has also been told that his name will be considered only for Tests and ODIs.
Probable squad for Asian Cup:
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
Back-up spinners: Axar Patel/Kuldeep Yadav/Ravi Bishnoi.