Will Rishabh Pant be given a chance to play against Hong Kong by the team management? Who will make room for the southpaw if he makes it onto the squad? Will KL Rahul be there? Should Rishabh Pant Replace Struggling KL Rahul
India will face Hong Kong in their second game of the 2017 Asia Cup on Wednesday after defeating Pakistan by five wickets on Sunday. The management of the Indian squad will still have to cope with the selection problem because not all of the players chosen for the starting XI in the match against Pakistan delivered on expectations. As a result, some in-form players were forced to warm the benches. Rohit Sharma scored 12 runs off of 18 balls, and KL Rahul was out for a first-ball duck, giving India’s top two a pitiful contribution.
India chose Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant, their customary wicketkeeper-batter, for the high-stakes match against Pakistan. Will Pant be given a chance in the second game by the club management? Who will make room for the southpaw if he makes it onto the squad? Will KL Rahul be there?
Here is India’s predicted Playing XI against Hong Kong:
Rohit Sharma (c): In the first game of the season, the Indian captain was killed on 12 runs off 18 balls while attempting to charge Pakistani spinner Mohammad Nawaz. It’s expected that Rohit would get a hefty hit.
KL Rahul: The team management may decide to replace KL Rahul in the playing XI with Rishabh Pant due to his forgettable return to professional cricket after injury. In such situation, Virat Kohli might begin the batting. In the most recent game, Kohli smashed 35 runs off just 34 balls, displaying some hints of his peak performance.
Suryakumar Yadav: Against Pakistan, the right-handed hitter amassed 18 runs at a run-per-ball rate. He attempted to increase the scoring pace and made some nice shots before being neutralised by Naseem Shah.
Powerful left-handed batter Rishabh Pant (wk) has the ability to single-handedly alter the outcome of a game.
Dinesh Karthik: Before making an undefeated score off one ball against Pakistan, the wicketkeeper did a good job protecting the wickets. Karthik would be hoping to bat against Hong Kong and secure a promotion.
Hardik Pandya: The all-around player has recently been at the top of his game. Hardik finished with a 3 for 25 record before leading India to victory with a 33-point, 17-ball performance.
Ravindra Jadeja: Despite not taking a wicket against Pakistan, the southpaw was efficient in his two-over outing. Jadeja hit 35 runs off of 29 balls as Hardik and him added 52 runs together for the fifth wicket.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a right-arm bowler who played against Pakistan, took four wickets and gave up 26 runs in four overs. India will be counting on him to continue playing in the same manner in subsequent games.
Avesh Khan: The right-arm pacer claimed the lone wicket of Fakhar Zaman while giving up 19 runs in his two overs. Along with getting more wickets, Avesh must be striving for an economical spell.
Yuzvendra Chahal: In his four overs against Pakistan, the leg-spinner failed to pick up a wicket and gave up 32 runs. When India plays Hong Kong, Chahal will try to get up a few wickets.
Arshdeep Singh: Despite taking two wickets against Pakistan, the left-arm bowler stood out for his maturity and composure under pressure.