Last Update on: July 4th, 2023 at 05:14 pm
Rinku Singh Kicked Out, No Yashasvi Jaiswal Or KL Rahul: Here’s India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2023. Asia Cup 2023 will be played from 31st August 2023 to 17 September 2023. The tournament will be played in the 50-over format this year with the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 scheduled to be played in October-November in India.
A total of 13 matches will be played in Asia Cup 2023. 4 matches of the Asia Cup will be played in Pakistan and the remaining 9 matches will be played in Sri Lanka. The tournament will be played in a hybrid model with Pakistan being nominated as the official host.
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The Men in Blue won back-to-back Asia Cup titles in 2016 and 2018. MS Dhoni led India to the Asia Cup title in 2016 and Rohit Sharma in 2018. Sri Lanka were the champions of the tournament last season in UAE which was played in the 20-over format.
India are one of the favorites to win the tournament this year. They have done well in white-ball cricket in recent times reaching the semi-final of the T2-0 World Cup final. Asia Cup is a tournament where India have been consistent throughout. They have won seven titles with Sri Lanka being next-best with six titles.
The dates of the Asia Cup 2023 are out. However, the schedule is yet to be announced. There are two groups with India, Pakistan, and Nepal placed in Group A. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are placed in Group B. In this article, we will look at a likely 15-member squad for India that might be named in the tournament.
The current form and the playing conditions will be kept in mind while naming the squad and hence similar traits have been kept in mind while making this predicted squad article.
Rinku Singh Kicked Out, No Yashasvi Jaiswal Or KL Rahul: Here’s India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2023
Openers: Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill
Skipper Rohit Sharma will open the batting and his batting partner is expected to be Shubman Gill. While Rohit has had a reputation of being one of the best white-ball openers in the past decade, his form of late has been a bit of a concern. He needs to have a good tournament to come back into form. The batting-friendly pitches in Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be just suitable for him.
Gill has had a fabulous run in white-ball cricket in 2023. He scored ODI and T20I centuries to go with a Test century last year. The youngster scored 890 runs in the IPL to win the Orange Cap earlier this year. He has been the consistent batter for India at the top of the order. The duo will need to give India a good start in the tournament.