The Indian cricket team is all set for the Asia Cup 2022. Right after the Zimbabwe series, team India will be stepping onto playing the Asia Cup. The tournament will kick off on August 27 with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan locking horns in the first match.
India will face Pakistan in the opening match on August 28 in Dubai. The Indian squad for the same was announced yesterday. However, the speculations began before the squad was announced. Fans wanted Shreyas Iyer to be removed and most of them wanted Sanju Samson to replace him. However, the selectors had other ideas.
Veteran batter Virat Kohli has made his way back into the squad, and one of the biggest setbacks for India is the injury of Jasprit Bumrah. The Indian pace spearhead missed out due to a back injury and the pace attack lacks experience now. KL Rahul has stormed back into the squad and will be Rohit’s deputy for the tournament. Sanju Samson has been left out once again.
Legendary spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made his way back into the squad. Arshdeep Singh, the man of the series in the recently concluded T20I series against West Indies, found a place in the team. Avesh Khan will be backing up Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh in the bowling department. Many found the exclusion of Mohammed Shami to be a risky decision.
Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and Axar Patel were named as standby players. Deepak Chahar made it into the ODI squad against Zimbabwe after a brief halt. Shreyas Iyer missed out on the opportunity to seal his place in the squad. However, he has been added as the injury cover.
Here is the Indian squad for the Asia Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma (Capt ), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, R Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Y Chahal, R Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Injury Cover: Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar.
The Twitter community came together to give their opinions on the squad. And the fans were divided upon the selection.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
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— Ramu (@DasaradhaReddem) August 8, 2022
Very sad for Axar Patel. He deserves more chances. Whenever he got chance to play he performed either with batting or bowling but always taken out of the team when main event comes.
— Ashutosh (@imAshutoshk) August 8, 2022
— Sayanta Kumar Seth (@mrseth_99) August 9, 2022
"If people throw stones at you, convert them into your milestones." – Sachin Tendulkar
— Jovin Chacko JC (@JovinChacko) August 9, 2022
This is a good team just need Bumrah and Harshal back to full fitness going forward. Good to see Kohli is back. Expecting him to be back to his full form. #AsiaCup2022
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 8, 2022
Good squad. Wud have had Deepak Chahar instead of Avesh. But not bad. Iyer's exclusion is a good move.
— Yash Tralshawala (@yashtralshawala) August 8, 2022
Feel we are going with one medium pacer short. With No Bumrah & Harshal, Shami should have been considered for the squad. Going with four spinners doesn't make any sense.
— Rahul Sharma (@CricFnatic) August 8, 2022
I was surprised to see Ishan Kishan dropped as a backup opener. He was the most consistent of the newcomers. Deepak Huda's part-time bowling is perhaps the turning point for the selectors.#indiasquad #AsiaCup2022
— Fahim Khan (@FahimKhan1875) August 8, 2022
— Syed Umaiyd (@SyedUmaiyd) August 8, 2022
— Anuj Kumar (@ANUJKUM80614439) August 8, 2022