KL Rahul, Puma Challenge
KL Rahul needs to focus on Consistency (Credits - AFP)

Finally, the time for India vs Pakistan came into existence in Asia Cup 2018. But, soon after the toss, Indian fans got the shock when they left out KL Rahul for the crucial clash. The fans aren’t impressed by the decision from the team management eventually ended up bashing them.

Ahead of the Asia Cup 2018, it was expected that KL Rahul will play the key role for India in the absence of Virat Kohli. But the team management has the other ideas in the mind as they restricted KL Rahul as the third opener in the side.

Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya comes in place of Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed for India vs Pakistan:

Team India went with the same batting order but made a couple of changes in the bowling department. The poor Shardul Thakur has been axed out while Khaleel Ahmed sacrificed his place for Jasprit Bumrah.

KL Rahul, Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan
KL Rahul Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The all-rounder Hardik Pandya makes his way into the team after missing out the last couple of games for India across formats. However, the surprising news came when Rohit Sharma left out KL Rahul from the team and picked Dinesh Karthik.

Speaking of the inclusions, Rohit Sharma quoted saying ”Would’ve batted first. Nevertheless, we now know what we’re doing. Have to accept the fact that we were rusty against HK. They played well, showed great determination. To cross the line was a great deal. The fresh game today, guys looking forward to it. Two changes for us Bumrah back, Pandya back too. Shardul and Khaleel miss out.”

Hardik Pandya, Asia Cup 2018, Guru Randhawa
Hardik Pandya (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

However, it would be interesting to see whether Team India are restricting him for the latter part of the tournament. Meanwhile, it will be a do or die game for the middle-order batsman.

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