The reigning champions India will aim to defend their Asia Cup 2018 title when the tournament will kick-start from 15 September 2018. India had beaten Bangladesh in the final of the previous edition which was played in a T20 format. However, this year competition will be played in conventional 50-overs form. In fact, India is the most successful side in the Asia Cup, having won the competition six times. Meanwhile, Sportzwiki brings the list of 15 players who could be part of the Indian squad in the Asia Cup.
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In fact, India will not have much time to gear up for Asia’s supremacy. India’s fifth and final Test match against England will get over on 11 September. Therefore, Virat Kohli and his men will not have much time to get ready for the Asia Cup.
India will look to defend its title.
Meanwhile, it would be interesting to note that who makes to India’s squad for Asia Cup 2018. The young players have shown good promise and thus the selectors can definitely turn their head towards them. The likes of Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant have made a strong case to be in the Indian team. Thus, the youngsters will also be in contention for Indian squad for Asia Cup 2018.
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India’s wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been instrumental in the success of the team. Therefore, the duo would aim to provide another good performance in the spin-friendly conditions of the UAE.
Meanwhile, India will also like to find answers to their batting woes. The number four batting position is under the scrutiny and the team management should put an end to the musical chair game. The Indian think-tank must show more faith in one player and try to back him.
Furthermore, the top three batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have done the bulk of the scoring. Thus, it is imperative that other batsmen also chips in their contribution. The middle order has been India’s Achilles Heel and defending champions will like to get more from their batsmen. Thus, the selectors will look to find answers in India’s Asia Cup squad.
Meanwhile, the tournament will be held in UAE, thus the spinners will come into action which will give a good chance for Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Furthermore, India’s arch-rivals Pakistan is in the same group as India. Therefore, the biggest nemesis in the cricket world will lock horns on 19 September, yes you must mark the date.
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India had lost the ODI series against England and would like to make a stronger comeback in the Asia Cup 2018. Meanwhile, India who is currently ranked second in the ICC ODI rankings will be the best-ranked team in the tournament.
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan constitute Group B of the Asia Cup 2018 whereas India, Pakistan and the qualifying team will make the Group A.
Here is Indian 15-man squad (Probable) for the Asia Cup 2018.
Dhawan and Rohit will aim to give a good platform.
Shikhar Dhawan wasn’t in the best of form in England limited overs series. However, the southpaw batsman will like to bounce back in the Asia Cup 2018.
The left-hander has performed brilliantly in the mega events. Therefore, the Indian opener will like to repeat his performance in the tournament.
Dhawan can give a good platform to the Indian team. Furthermore, the experienced batsman can provide a quick start which can put the opposition on the backfoot.