India next match in Asia Cup: Sportsrush presents before you India’s predicted XI for their match against Bangladesh tomorrow.
With India winning their first two Asia Cup matches, the eyeballs have shifted to the second round where they will face Bangladesh in their first match tomorrow.
India were expected to dominate Hong Kong and play a tense match against Pakistan, but what happened in the last two days was completely different. Hong Kong ended up giving some nerves to India whereas Pakistan emerged as being a cakewalk for India.
Having won both the matches, if one thing which could have spoiled the party for India, it was the news of the trio of Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur being ruled out of the Asia Cup. In which was a quick reaction on the part of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), they have named Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Siddarth Kaul as like-for-like replacements.
All your love and support is going to make me come back stronger! Will keep you guys up to date on my recovery. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/qp1ryrb0wv
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) September 20, 2018
Below is India’s predicted playing eleven for tomorrow’s match:
1. Top-order – India are likely to persist with their tried and trusted combination of captain and Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as openers. With Dhawan doing good in both the matches and Sharma registering his 35th ODI half-century yesterday, one expects them to continue their good form in the upcoming matches as well.
Ambati Rayudu, who scored his seventh half-century in his comeback match after two years against Hong Kong on the day before yesterday, has impressed one and all with his batting in two outings. The 32-year old right-hand batsman has displayed a significant amount of composure in the middle, something which India needs at the spot where he is batting.
2. Middle-order – In the two matches that Dinesh Karthik has played so far in this tournament, he has had starts as well. He missed on a chance against Hong Kong by giving his wicket away but looked far better against Pakistan, scoring 31*. If he is to cement his place at No. 3, he would be looking to make more use of these opportunities.
Former captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni also finds himself in a similar situation. He might not be playing for his position in the side but is surely being criticized for not being able to stand tall on his reputation. With a few records to break in this tournament, he would be looking to find form really soon.
In a recent interview, Kedar Jadhav laid emphasis on his batting remaining priority despite his rich bowling returns. In Pandya’s absence, the onus on finishing the innings solely remains on him.
The Indian think tank would be thinking hard on whom to play in place of Pandya. They have Pandya-like player in Chahar but his batting is likely to cause doubts in the minds of the management.
Considering the way the spinners have bowled so far in the tournament, India could also play Jadeja in place of Pandya. It will both enhance India’s batting line-up and give them a rare chance of playing a quartet of spinners on surfaces which will suit this craft.
3. Bowlers – India’s bowling division is unlikely to go through any change for tomorrow’s match. Given the way Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance yesterday, one could see him finding his rhythm back at the right time.
Jasprit Bumrah is likely to hold the key especially in situations where India would be looking to defend runs. The spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Chahal would be looking to bowl in tandem and look for both dismissing the batsmen and containing them.
Two matches into the Asia Cup and we have three players ruled out for the rest of the tournament….Hardik, Shardul and Axar no longer available. Chahar, Kaul and Sir Jadeja are back.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 20, 2018
Ravindra Jadeja back to ODI squad for Asia cup…
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) September 20, 2018
Ravindra Jadeja named as a replacement for Axar Patel in the Asia Cup squad.
Jadeja has bowled 71.4 overs without a wicket in List A cricket since Shakib Al Hasan’s wicket in the CT17 semi-final. #AsiaCup2018
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) September 20, 2018
It’s strange that Krunal Pandya is continually overlooked for ODIs. Since the start of 2015 Krunal has scored more List A runs at a higher average & taken more List A wickets at a lower average, strike rate & economy rate than Ravindra Jadeja who is picked ahead of him. #AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/lovQuMuZYB
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) September 20, 2018
Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel are out of the Asia Cup.
Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, Ravindra Jadeja to replace.
No word yet on how serious Pandya’s injury is, which will be main worry point for Indian team. But also good to know Jadeja still in the white-ball scheme pic.twitter.com/52tj7ymSFL
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) September 20, 2018