IND vs. PAK Asia Cup 2023: Rohit will make major changes in the playing 11 for the match against Pakistan, Know which players will be included!
The much-awaited India-Pakistan cricket match in Asia Cup 2023 will be held on September 10 (Sunday) at R.K. Colombo, Colombo. The match is scheduled at the Premadasa Stadium, and the match will start at 3 PM IST. In this important match, Pakistan's Babar Azam will lead his team against India, while Rohit Sharma will captain the Indian team. The two neighboring countries had previously faced each other in group-stage matches, but the match was abandoned due to rain.
Before this high-stakes match, good news emerged for the Indian team. Star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has again joined the team. Bumrah had to leave the match against Nepal due to personal reasons. In his absence, experienced fast bowler Mohammed Shami was included in the playing eleven against Nepal. Shami performed well and took one wicket for 29 runs in 7 overs. With the return of Jasprit Bumrah, there could be a reshuffle in the playing eleven, which could possibly lead to Shami being dropped.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul has fully recovered from his injury and is back with the team. Rahul practiced wicketkeeping on 8th September (Friday). Now the big question is whether KL Rahul will be a part of the playing eleven and if yes, then which player can be dropped from the eleven. Left-handed opening batsman Ishan Kishan performed brilliantly with the bat against Pakistan in the group stage and secured his place in the playing eleven. This situation puts pressure on middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer. Although Iyer did not perform remarkably against Pakistan in the group stage, the team management may consider giving him another chance. The inclusion of KL Rahul could potentially lead to another player being dropped from the playing eleven.
In terms of playing eleven for the match against Pakistan, India may consider including an additional spinner in place of Shardul Thakur, who was included in the playing eleven primarily for his batting abilities but recently Has not been very effective in limited-overs cricket. In this position, the frontline pacers will be Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, with Hardik Pandya playing the role of the third seamer. The responsibility of spin will be on the shoulders of Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel.
It is noteworthy that the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has allotted a reserve day for this important match. If rain disrupts the India-Pakistan match on September 10, then the match can restart on September 11. However, there are no reserve days for other matches in the tournament, and rainy weather is expected in Colombo in the coming days.
India's probable playing 11 for the match against Pakistan: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav. , Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.