Every tournament will decide the fate of the numerous players in the world cricket. Much to the same, Indian players’ future for their ICC World Cup 2019 berth will also rely on the performances in the impending Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Few players in the team are eagerly waiting to cement their position for the upcoming World Cup scheduled in England and Wales. Perhaps, the Asia Cup is the perfect platform for them to showcase their skills and press the selection.
Here are the five Team India players who can grab the chance:
The right-arm fast bowler, Shardul Thakur is travelling with the team for quite a while now. He showed his worth in all the domestic tournaments and also performed for India A.
Sadly, he never really got the chance to show his calibre for the team management. However, the team combinations also played a villain role for Thakur in delaying him to don Indian Jersey.
However, he is once again asked to travel with the team for Asia Cup 2018. As there is a chance for him to play in the tournament, this would be the best chance for him to make an impact and cement his position.
Classical in approach, Kedar Jadhav’s career is marred with the injuries so far. He has been out of the team when he was at the peak of his career. However, he once again made it to the side for Asia Cup 2018.
It will be a big test for Kedar Jadhav to be in the race for ICC World Cup 2019. The stylish all-rounder also got the best chance to help the team with his bowling as well.
With Virat Kohli being sidelined for the Asia Cup 2018, Kedar Jadhav might get the chance to bat up the order as well. An exceptional performance will certainly pave the way for him to the ICC World Cup 2019.
The Karnataka lad had an exceptional domestic tournament and made a comeback in the side. Initially, many expected that Manish Pandey is out from the Asia Cup race, but he showed his calibre by performing exceptionally.
Hopefully, if Pandey performs with the same effect in the Asia Cup 2018, without any doubt, he can pack his bags to take the United Kingdom-bound flight.
Possibly, Rohit Sharma will ask Pandey to bat at number four, the position in which he excelled in the quadrangular series.
With India looking for a capable batsman to take that role, certainly, Pandey can mark his name on it for quite a time in a case of performing well during Asia Cup 2018.
The stylish right-handed batsman, Ambati Rayudu is the one to find a place in the list. It was a superb last one year for Ambati Rayudu in the domestic circuit and India Premier League (IPL).
But, unfortunately, he was also fallen prey to the Yo-Yo test. However, it might work as a blessing in disguise for Ambati Rayudu as the couple of decent performances in Asia Cup 2018 can give him a long run in the team, unlike other players.
With the form he is currently carrying on, Rayudu might come good for India in the upcoming Asia Cup 2018.
However, it would be a little tricky that how team management would find a place for him in the playing XI.
KL Rahul ticks all the boxes of which an international player needs. He has got the technique, quality, class and knack of scoring runs but still, there is always something missing in the Karnataka’s champ. Perhaps, a positive mindset?
Though there are no doubts on his calibre, KL Rahul is yet to make his mark in any series for India. To be honest, Rahul never really got the long run at the particular place to show his mojo to the world.
In the absence of Virat Kohli, the team management might ask him to bat at number three position. This would be the best chance for Rahul to show his worth as a player and press his case for the ICC World Cup 2019 selection.