After a anxious begin to their Asia Cup 2018 crusade in opposition to Hong Kong, Rohit Sharma’s India displayed their proper class in opposition to the arch-rivals Pakistan. With two wins in two video games, they’re all set to face Bangladesh of their first clash of super four.
The opponents, Bangladesh are, however, a little bit down on morale. They have been outclassed in all departments via Afghanistan and will face India the very next day after a humiliating defeat. The schedule of the present model of Asia Cup is anything deemed as incomprehensible by using many.
Even as Bangladesh gets no relaxation and are travelling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, India acquired only a day’s rest after two fits in two days. They will get a rest day after the fit against Bangladesh and can then have to face the other two seemingly tougher sides – Pakistan and Afghanistan, in three days’ time. Such an laborious agenda within the sizzling heat of Dubai is excruciating, and as a consequence India can opt to leisure some players before the 2 significant games. Allow us to have a appear at three such gamers who may also be rested for this match:
3. Dinesh Karthik
a few months ago, Dinesh Karthik was nowhere close the selectors’ plans for the ICC World Cup 2019. However along with his immaculate consistency, he is now an important member of the facet. He scored 33 runs in the first recreation at the same time made a crucial contribution of an unbeaten 31 against Pakistan, which makes it almost impossible for Rohit Sharma to get him out of the favored taking part in XI.
Nevertheless, Karthik used to be a member of the Indian facet that toured England and on the grounds that this yr’s IPL, he has regularly been in action. Henceforth, the staff management would decide to present Karthik some relaxation and take a look at out other choices. The megastar of IPL 2018, KL Rahul had a below natural England series but in sub-continental conditions, he can prove to be lethal and must be tried against Bangladesh.
2. Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan could not showcase even one-third of his ability in England and hence was on the receiving end of harsh criticism. However, the 2018 Asia Cup has witnessed a rejuvenated and dangerous Dhawan thus far. With 127 in the first game and 46 in the second, Dhawan is India’s standout performer in the tournament so far.
While Karthik was a part of the squad that toured England, Dhawan was a regular name in the playing XI. Having got no considerable amount of rest to speak of, Ravi Shastri & Co. might drop Dhawan for the game against the Tigers. Manish Pandey, who guided his India B team to glory in the recently concluded quadrangular series, should be the perfect replacement for Dhawan.
3. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is currently India’s one of the most trusted pacers. Injury prevented him from playing some important games in the series against England and his absence was felt throughout the tour. Kumar made his comeback in the match against Hong Kong but failed to get any success to show for.
But the match against Pakistan found ‘Bhuvi’ in his usual best as he picked up 3 wickets by conceding just 15 runs at an economy rate of around 2 runs per over. Given that he has just made a comeback from a major injury, it wouldn’t be wise enough to overwork him. He can be rested for the game against Bangladesh and India can field in an exciting prospect in K Khaleel Ahmed. The left-arm pacer, who is right up there in the list of World Cup probables, took 3 crucial wickets in his debut against Hong Kong. Had it not been for the breakthroughs he provided, Hong Kong might have pulled off the biggest upset of the 21st century.