ASIA CUP T20 India Team: After the 5-match T20 series played against West Indies (IND vs WI),…
ASIA CUP T20 India Squad: After the end of the five-match T20 series being played against the West Indies (IND vs WI), India will focus on the T20 Asia Cup (Asia Cup 2022) tournament. At the same time, players who have performed well in the Asia Cup will be eligible for selection in the squad for the T20 World Cup 2022. But before the start of the Asia Cup, the Indian selectors they have five big questions they need to solve before the start of this big tournament. Stay connected for latest sports news – hindi.insidesport.in
With most of India’s experienced players rested for the Asia Cup and a few returning from injury, the selectors have a huge task to pick and drop. Some like Arshdeep Singh and Dinesh Karthik have made their place, others like Shreyas Iyer and Avesh Khan have failed to seize the opportunity.
1. KL Rahul
The biggest question is about KL Rahul’s fitness. The right-handed batsman was last seen playing in the IPL Eliminator against RCB in May. Since then, he has missed the T20 series in South Africa, the T20 series in England and the West Indies series due to injury. Worst of all, Rahul was likely to return to the Indian squad for the T20Is against the Windies, but he tested positive for COVID-19. The 30-year-old is the team’s designated starter, but on what parameters can they select him.
First of all, have you been cured of COVID? If so, will the selectors test his fitness for the Asia Cup, or involve him directly? In Rahul’s absence, India tried six opening combinations and among them Ishan Kishan was the most successful in 2022 with over 300 runs in T20Is. Suryakumar Yadav also scored 76 in the third T20I against West Indies.
2. Arshdeep Singh
Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh has been making the selectors’ task difficult with a brilliant performance. In just four T20Is, the 23-year-old has taken six wickets at an economy rate of 6.52. He also has the best economy rate for bowlers in the overs since T20 World Cup 2021. He is also the only left-handed option available in the team. With Avesh Khan not taking his chances in the T20I series against the West Indies and Mohammed Shami not being picked in the T20 format, Arshdeep looks safe in the Asia Cup.
3. Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer has struggled a lot in T20Is. He has faced short deliveries from South Africa and Windies bowlers and is getting caught in the net. In the last 10 T20 innings, the right-handed batsman has failed to score a half-century. With Kohli rested for most of the T20 Internationals, Iyer had a golden opportunity to move up to the third spot. The KKR skipper has lost him now and with Kohli’s return to the Asia Cup, the ax may fall on the out-of-form Iyer.
4. Spin option
Yuzvendra Chahal has been listed as the number one spinner. He has taken 10+ wickets in T20Is in 2022 and is in good form. However, the question is what are the other options. India have tested Ravi Bishnoi, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda and Kuldeep Yadav. Of these, Jadeja is likely to get the nod due to his superior all-round skills.
That means there are two spots left. Yadav has done well in the IPL with 21 wickets but was injured and missed the T20 series in South Africa. He is yet to be seen during the West Indies series. Ashwin has had his chances and has not disappointed so far. He has taken three wickets less than 7 runs per over. Bishnoi has played seven T20Is and taken nine wickets.
5. Hardik Pandya was appointed as the permanent vice-captain
Hardik Pandya’s comeback is nothing short of a fairy tale. After leading Gujarat Titans to victory in the IPL 2022 season, Pandya did not look back. He has batted consistently with bat and ball and cemented his place in the team as the number one all-rounder. The 28-year-old also became the first Indian player to take four wickets and score 50 runs in T20Is. With KL Rahul winning most of the T20Is in 2022, and Hardik captaining against Ireland, the selectors give him the permanent vice-captaincy.
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