Asia Cup 2018: India vs Afghanistan – Afghanistan Predicted XI
India will face against Afghanistan on September 25 (Tuesday), and here we are to talk about the Predicted Playing XI of Afghanistan team. Men in Blue had a good series in the Asia Cup as they won all the matches in the Group stage as well as in the Super Four. India beat Pakistan by eight wickets and Hong Kong by 26 runs in the Group stage. However, the Men in Blue played fantastic cricket against Bangladesh and won the match by seven wickets whereas against Pakistan by nine wickets in the Super Four.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan has played excellent cricket in the Asia Cup 2018. They first won against Sri Lanka beating them by 91 runs and then won against Bangladesh by 136 runs. However, they lost their last two matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh in the Super Four. Thus, the Afghans will be keen to win against India in their next game.
Here is the Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI:
Mohammad Shehzad can change the angle of the game. He is a reliable wicketkeeper-batsman and will try to imply his force to do it. The right-hander can play the big shots with ease and can change the game in a few overs. Shahzad is a potent striker of the ball and has modelled his batting on the aggressive platform.
The right-hand batsman Ihsanullah Janat will be keen to score runs and put pressure on the opposition. He batted extremely well in the top order. However, he couldn’t put up a good show in the last three matches but will surely launch the attack with the bat.
The all-rounder played a brilliant knock of 72 runs in their opening match against Sri Lanka. He scored 119 runs from four matches and will be eager to continue his show. He also picked up a wicket against the Bangladesh side. The right-hander can be used as a part-time bowler as and when required.
Hashmatullah Shahidi is the backbone of the team throughout the tournament. The southpaw has scored 263 runs from four matches and just fell short by three runs to make his maiden hundred. He has scored an unbeaten 97 runs against Pakistan and will be keen to continue his form against the most difficult side of the tournament.
Asghar Afgan is a prominent cricketer and a leader who recently changed his name from Asghar Stanikzai to Asghar Afghan. However, he is one of the team members who know how to build up an innings.
As a skipper of the team, he has handled his teammates well which have helped them to win some amazing matches. Asghar is a reliable middle-order batsman and can also play the big shots with ease.
Mohammad Nabi is an experienced cricketer who had come as a very handy all-rounder for Afghanistan all through the tournament. He is an also an all-round player who can help his side out with both his batting and bowling skills.
The all-rounder, however, comes out to bat at the number six position and also can bowl some handy off-breaks. Nabi will be keen to make a useful contribution for his nation against India.
Samiullah Shenwari has played well in the recent past and creates an impressive record in international cricket. He can also bowl some useful leg-breaks and will look to play an essential part for Afghanistan against the Indians.
However, he has scored over 1700 runs at an average of 29 from 71 One-day Internationals. Shenwari has also bagged 46 wickets in 78 matches.
Rashid Khan is a player to watch out against the Indian side. He is a star leg-spinner and is a sensational limited-overs bowler. Rashid has been one of the most excellent performers for Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.
Moreover, Rashid Khan is the number one bowler in the shortest format of the game. Rashid also had created a good show during the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gulbadin Naib played an exceptional inning with Rashid Khan against Bangladesh to win the match by 136 runs. He might be the backbone of Afghanistan team who can bowl brilliant deliveries with a perfect line and length.
The right arm medium pacer Aftab Alam has a pretty decent run in his brief international career so far. He could swing the ball both ways and can push back any batsmen with his skiddy pace. In 15 matches he has bagged 21 wickets at an average of 26.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is another mystery spinner who can trouble any batsmen. His wicket of Virat Kohli in the IPL was one of the most exceptional deliveries in the tournament.
Mujeeb has a different action and also has a lot of variations with him. He can trouble any batsmen with his action and he might be a trump card for Afghanistan against India.