Last time India faced a thumping defeat against Pakistan. Asia Cup 2018 is another chance for team India to prove its prowess in the subcontinent.
Against the backdrop of Asia Cup 2018, which is breaking shortly, all teams in the continent including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong are ready to begin the big battle. India being one of the strongest teams in the lot, has a good weight to carry on its shoulders. As far as the team’s strategy to remain ahead in the tournament is concerned, maintaining the most effective line-up of players in the primary XI is critical.
The selected batsmen in the team of 16 players are Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayadu, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik. While bowling will be spearheaded by Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed. The prospective all-rounders in the team are Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel. MS Dhoni, the former captain is the wicket-keeper.
Now a big question is: what should be India’s best line up? India has been an excellent team in Test, although it bore the fresh wounds of the recent defeat against England. In Asia Cup, India’s tussle will be clearly against the archrival team Pakistan. It would be only the second tournament in a while where the two teams will faceoff again. India’s fate in the previous challenge was poor, losing the ICC Championship Trophy 2017 final to Pakistan in quite an appalling way. In the final showdown, Pakistan won by a massive 180 runs thumping down India to a messy defeat. Asia Cup would be a chance for India to foster its supremacy in the subcontinent. Else, it would be nothing more than beating the backlashes of diplomatic wrangles between the nations.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are the top batsmen in ODI format. Since 2016, the players are behind 65% of total runs scored buy team India in ODI. The three batting spearheads are especially effective against new balls, making them the best openers of the team. The fourth and fifth in the line up are Ambati Rayadu and Dinesh Karthik. Both has strong prospective as finishers especially in IPL. However, it might be a folly to keep the pressure high on them in the longer format. It is their special ability to play against spin, which makes them strong middle order players.
Moreover, MS Dhoni following them on sixth as a lower middle order batsman makes the formation tough. The other two players, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya are the finishing bets of India’s batting. Bowling spearheads like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah are most pertinent choice. Adding Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal completes the attack.
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