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India’s Squad Announcement, Asia Cup 2023, Live Updates: India are set to announce their squad for Asia Cup 2023. Skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid are expected to make some significant decisions while finalising the squad for the continental tournament. It will be interesting to see who will end up claiming the No 4 spot for Team India. Suryakumar Yadav has been favoured in the past few series but there is a possibility that he can be replaced by Sanju Samson who is also a wicket-keeping option. The squad announcement will take place during BCCI’s meeting in Delhi. India’s first match is against Pakistan on September 2 in Sri Lanka. The Asia Cup squad holds extra importance as it will more or less give an idea about what the squad for the ODI World Cup 2023 will look like.
Here are the Live Updates of Team India’s squad announcement for the Asia Cup 2023:
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Will Arshdeep Singh get a chance?
Young pacer Arshdeep Singh impressed everyone with his wicket-taking skills and economical bowling in the death overs. However, in the past few matches he has been really expensive with the ball. It will be interesting to see that who will be strengthening India’s pace attack with Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: The Keeper Issue!
Rishabh Pant provided India with a stable option in all three formats but his injury last year has resulted in multiple experiments in hunt for the perfect team composition. While Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson were provided opportunities from time to time, KL Rahul was also tried out as a makeshift option to open up space in the middle-order to play an extra batter in order to stabilise the young core of the team.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Opening slot!
Although India are not known for experimenting with their openers, there is a chance that they may opt to Ishan Kishan as the partner for Rohit Sharma. The love for a left-right combination is quite well known but in that case, Shubman Gill may have to bat at No. 3 – a position where he has not excelled off late.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: India’s win over Ireland
The Jasprit Bumrah-led Team India has registered a 33-run victory over Ireland in the second T20I of the three-match series on Sunday. The visitors have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead over Ireland and third and final match will be played on Wednesday.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Will Virat Kohli claim No 4 spot?
Virat Kohli can also stake his claim for the role, having batted at no. 4 during India’s triumphic World Cup campaign in 2011. However, he has only batted twice in that position. While Ishan Kishan, who has an ODI double century to his name, is more likely to fill in, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul will force him out of the team once they are fit.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: India’s opening match
The Asia Cup 2023 will kick-start from August 30, co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Co-hosts Pakistan will be squaring off against Nepal in the opening match of the tournament. Team India will be facing the arch-rivals Pakistan in their campaign opener on September 2 in Kandy.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Will Kuldeep-Chahal find themselves a place?
The spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been really impressive for Team India. However, seeing the blistering form of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, it is highly unlikely that the team management will go ahead with both Kuldeep and Chahal. Apart from them, all-rounder Axar Patel is also a strong contender for the spot.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Who will be India’s vice-captain?
Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah appears to be a strong contender to become vice-captain of the Indian team, alongside all-rounder Hardik Pandya, for the upcoming Asia Cup as well as ODI World Cup, starting October 5. While Pandya has been made the regular T20I captain, Bumrah, who has made an international comeback against Ireland in the ongoing T20I series that started on Friday.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Probable squad
Here’s what we think could be India’s probable squad for the Asia Cup 2023. Read here.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Impressive Tilak Varma
Tilak Varma has made a late claim for the no. 4 spot, following his debut tour of West Indies. Experts, Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri, have vouched for his selection. If he gets into the side, Tilak could be a strong contender for the role. Also, India’s don’t have left-hander in their middle-order, and Tilak ticks that box too.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Choice between Ishan and Samson
Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson are expected to make the Asia Cup, but only of them is likely to be in the XI as a wicketkeeper-batter. While both have previously batted at no. 4, the performances have been anything but convincing from both parties.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Will Suryakumar bounce back in ODIs?
Suryakumar Yadav is a prove match-winner when it comes to T20Is, but by his own admission, he has not able to replicate his riches in the One-Day Internationals. He averages 46.02 in T20Is, but only 24.33 in ODIs.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: India’s possible options at no. 4?
With KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer racing against time to be fit for the continental event, India will now have to pick between these four players — Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson and Tilak Varma.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Concerns over Rahul-Iyer’s injuries
KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer’s injuries has created a void in India’s middle-order, with the management yet to finalise the no. 4 spot. Rishabh Pant would’ve been another option, but he too is out for a lengthy period, having suffered a car crash last year.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Announcement to be held in Delhi
The squad announcement will take place during BCCI’s meeting in Delhi, with both head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma part of the conversation. From Jasprit Bumrah’s comeback in the ongoing T20I series against Ireland, to the fitness off KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, the management will have plenty of tough calls to make before churning out the strongest-possible squad.
India Squad for Asia Cup Live: Hello
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Team India’s squad announcement for the upcoming Asia Cup, which will kick-start from August 30 in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Stay tuned for all the live updates.
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