India's Asia Cup 2023 Highlights, Squad Announcement: India's Asia Cup Squad Named, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul Back, Hardik Pandya Vice-Captain
Asia Cup 2023 Team India Squad Announcement: Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, and Shreyas Iyer have been named in the team.
India's Squad Announcement, Asia Cup 2023, Highlights: Indian cricket team's squad for Asia Cup 2023 has been announced. KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer made their returns from injury. On the other hand, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been appointed as skipper Rohit Sharma's deputy. Mumbai Indians star batter Tilak Varma has also been included in the team after his heroics in the T20Is against West Indies. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav has found himself a place in the squad while Yuzvendra Chahal has not been included. Wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson has been added as a back-up wicketkeeper.
Here are the Highlights of Team India's squad announcement for the Asia Cup 2023:
- 14:43 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: India's match against PakistanThe Asia Cup 2023 will kick-start from August 30, co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Co-hosts Pakistan will be squaring off against Nepal in the opening match of the tournament. Team India will be facing the arch-rivals Pakistan in their campaign opener on September 2 in Kandy.
- 14:27 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Rohit on team selectionAjit Agarkar has joined recently so I have tried to keep him updated. We want this team to have players who can bat at all positions. Critical for all team India. This is the message we have tried to convey to all the players. It's not club cricket. Players playing for India have to be prepared for all situations. We don't want to be handicapped or stuck. All 7-8 batting positions are open to all.
- 14:03 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Here's what Rohit said on doing experimentsI have been on the place of players who have played last year. The guys who they want to replace are proven players. They have to wait for the opportunities. We always try and have conversations with all the young players. It's not out of the blue that these decisions are happening.
- 13:59 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Here's what Rohit said about missing an off-spinnerIt boils down to batting option at no 8-9. Axar has had a good run with the bat. Allows us to have an left hander and create a long batting depth. We thought about Ashwin and Washington Sundar but just like Yuzvendra Chahal missed out is the reason why Ash missed. Couldn't leave a seamer out. Also many are making it back after a long time. The door isnt closed for anyone.
- 13:56 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Here's what Rohit said about No 4 spotIt's not about just one position. All positions are important. We have had injuries along the lines is the reason we needed to manage that load. We need to figure what combination suits. Want to give all players a chance. We have 9 Odis and 2 practice games before World Cup. So want to give boys a chance for them to make that position there own.
- 13:47 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: India's full squadRohit Sharma (C), Shubhman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (VC), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Sanju Samson (back up)
- 13:13 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Will Arshdeep Singh get a chance?Young pacer Arshdeep Singh impressed everyone with his wicket-taking skills and economical bowling in the death overs. However, in the past few matches he has been really expensive with the ball. It will be interesting to see that who will be strengthening India's pace attack with Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami.
- 13:04 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: The Keeper Issue!Rishabh Pant provided India with a stable option in all three formats but his injury last year has resulted in multiple experiments in hunt for the perfect team composition. While Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson were provided opportunities from time to time, KL Rahul was also tried out as a makeshift option to open up space in the middle-order to play an extra batter in order to stabilise the young core of the team.
- 12:58 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Opening slot!Although India are not known for experimenting with their openers, there is a chance that they may opt to Ishan Kishan as the partner for Rohit Sharma. The love for a left-right combination is quite well known but in that case, Shubman Gill may have to bat at No. 3 - a position where he has not excelled off late.
- 12:37 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: India's win over IrelandThe Jasprit Bumrah-led Team India has registered a 33-run victory over Ireland in the second T20I of the three-match series on Sunday. The visitors have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead over Ireland and third and final match will be played on Wednesday.
- 12:15 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Will Virat Kohli claim No 4 spot?Virat Kohli can also stake his claim for the role, having batted at no. 4 during India's triumphic World Cup campaign in 2011. However, he has only batted twice in that position. While Ishan Kishan, who has an ODI double century to his name, is more likely to fill in, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul will force him out of the team once they are fit.
- 11:51 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: India's opening matchThe Asia Cup 2023 will kick-start from August 30, co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Co-hosts Pakistan will be squaring off against Nepal in the opening match of the tournament. Team India will be facing the arch-rivals Pakistan in their campaign opener on September 2 in Kandy.
- 11:36 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Will Kuldeep-Chahal find themselves a place?The spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been really impressive for Team India. However, seeing the blistering form of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, it is highly unlikely that the team management will go ahead with both Kuldeep and Chahal. Apart from them, all-rounder Axar Patel is also a strong contender for the spot.
- 11:21 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Who will be India's vice-captain?Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah appears to be a strong contender to become vice-captain of the Indian team, alongside all-rounder Hardik Pandya, for the upcoming Asia Cup as well as ODI World Cup, starting October 5. While Pandya has been made the regular T20I captain, Bumrah, who has made an international comeback against Ireland in the ongoing T20I series that started on Friday.
- 11:07 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Probable squadHere's what we think could be India's probable squad for the Asia Cup 2023. Read here.
- 10:56 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Impressive Tilak VarmaTilak Varma has made a late claim for the no. 4 spot, following his debut tour of West Indies. Experts, Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri, have vouched for his selection. If he gets into the side, Tilak could be a strong contender for the role. Also, India's don't have left-hander in their middle-order, and Tilak ticks that box too.
- 10:47 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Choice between Ishan and SamsonIshan Kishan and Sanju Samson are expected to make the Asia Cup, but only of them is likely to be in the XI as a wicketkeeper-batter. While both have previously batted at no. 4, the performances have been anything but convincing from both parties.
- 10:42 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Concerns over Rahul-Iyer's injuriesKL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer's injuries has created a void in India's middle-order, with the management yet to finalise the no. 4 spot. Rishabh Pant would've been another option, but he too is out for a lengthy period, having suffered a car crash last year.
- 10:40 (IST)India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Announcement to be held in DelhiThe squad announcement will take place during BCCI's meeting in Delhi, with both head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma part of the conversation. From Jasprit Bumrah's comeback in the ongoing T20I series against Ireland, to the fitness off KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, the management will have plenty of tough calls to make before churning out the strongest-possible squad.