Best Playing XI For India In Asia Cup 2022: In less than 20 days, Team India will be embarking upon a sensational journey to conquer the continent as the latest edition of Asia Cup is almost upon us. The Men in Blue will be desperate to start their campaign on a victorious note, especially because they are up against their arch-rivals, Pakistan.
With all said and done, whenever there is a major tournament doing the rounds, the speculations for the playing eleven are sky-high and it needs more than precision to get the right combination in place. In this story, we will try and figure out the perfect playing XI for Team India as they hot their stride in Asia Cup 2022.
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Openers: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul
Needless to say, but the Indian captain is always the favourite to start the innings. India has approached a new go hard policy in the shortest format of the game that saw them bringing out the heavy artillery in the innings early irrespective of the fall of wickets. Given Rohit’s variegated arsenal, he will be leading the lines from the front with the bat, literally.
KL Rahul is a beast when it comes to the art of batting. Despite allegations of stat-padding, when Rahul plays for the national team, he is altogether a different character. His T20I strike rate reads a staggering 142.49 that slots him perfectly in India’s ‘go hard or go home’ policy.
Middle Order: Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik
Despite a late slump in Virat’s form, he will undoubtedly be India’s best bet against any other team in the continent. He is famished and as the antiquity of cricket states, he is a hard-hitting run machine or if you want, there is nothing wrong in calling him the leviathan. Au Contraire to people’s belief, he is far from finished. He is just learning to get back up and the day he gets going, even cricketing giants have fallen on their knees.
Suryakumar Yadav is a highly talented batter and can bring about significant changes with the bat. He is not much of a believer is assessing the situations. For him, its ‘go for the kill’ right from the time when you step forth in the ring. There is no hesitation, there is not doubts, it is all about merciless hitting to all nooks and cranny of the park.
Rishabh Pant has been in sublime form against England and West Indies where he almost single-handedly dragged India to the Promised Lands in a handful of games. He is much more confident now and not just a clueless swinger of the willow. He is maturing with every passing day and can be an absolute nightmare for the opposition.
Hardik Pandya has romanticized the term ‘comeback’ after an iconic turning of the tide in the IPL as the Gujarat Titans skipper. He has been conjuring some terrific batting and his bowling is even better than what it was. If there is one name that cannot be dropped from the Indian side now, that has to be Hardik Pandya.
Dinesh Karthik is another pennant-bearer of the term comeback as he has been a totally different incarnation since RCB picked him in their ranks. From bringing out the heavy artillery in the end to arrest a decline when the team needs, the world has seen rare finishers as good as DK.
Bowlers: Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi
Ravindra Jadeja is undoubtedly not just a bowler but for the time being he can be counted as one, given the fifth option that Team India would be exploring. His presence in the side, simply extends the batting depth and also adds an impenetrable fortress on the field. He can also roll his arms for a good deal of 4 overs, making life a nightmare for the batters, considering the fact that the contest is in UAE where the ball turns significantly.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also been in terrific form throughout the England and West Indies tour, where he has been swinging the ball by a good deal and most importantly, he has produced a line and length so stringent that can leave any batter in severe discomfort. In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, it will be Bhuvi leading the lines for the Indian pace attack.
It was a tight call between Chahal ad Bishnoi. Chahal is an experienced customer but Bishnoi has so far been excellent. He has a fabulous grasp of the ground conditions and bowls according to the line that can produce him a flurry of wickets. Add to that the leg-spinning part, a rare breed of turn that is very rarely picked up by the batters.