Asia Cup 2022: KL Rahul, Deepak Chahar set for comeback | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Prime fly-half and vice-captain KL Rahul is expected to resume his place in India’s squad with dressmaker Deepak Chahar when the team is selected for the Asian Cup on August 8.
The Asian Cup will be played in T20 format in Dubai and Sharjah from August 27 to September 11.
Rahul was supposed to make a return for the ODI series away in Zimbabwe, but a bout of COVID-19 has apparently delayed his recovery from the sports hernia surgery he recently underwent.
What would be interesting is whether the selection committee, led by Chetan Sharma, chooses a usual squad of 15 or expands it to 17, keeping in mind a chance to try all possible options.
India’s Asian Cup squad will give a fair idea of ​​the squad composition for the T20 World Cup as the team is expected to play around a dozen games before their game against Pakistan at the MCG on October 23.
While Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav have been Rohit Sharma’s opening partners in the last six games of the T20, Rahul will return to his place at the top of the order in this formation.
“KL Rahul doesn’t need to prove anything. He is a class player. Whenever he plays T20 it is always as a specialist fly-half and that would continue. Surya and Rishabh are ready to play as mid-level specialty hitters in the future,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
One of the most prolific performers in the IPL, Rahul has often been criticized for his dated approach when opening rounds in the T20Is.
But with the Indian team employing an ‘attack at all costs’ philosophy in Powerplay, propagated by both Pant and Surya, Rahul will definitely have to change his game in the continental tournament in the UAE.
Debate around Virat Kohli
Although Virat Kohli’s form has been the biggest concern for the Indian team, there is no imminent threat to the batting master’s No. 3 spot as he is expected to continue in the same spot.
There have been no specific talks about Kohli’s future in the shorter format and even though he doesn’t have a big Asian Cup, his years of experience and match-winning ability will be hard to ignore for the flagship event in Australia where experience still rules. the perch.
Dinesh Karthik has made a mid-order slot his own while Deepak Hooda will be the first backup option going forward.
The interesting aspect will be whether the selectors prefer an extra opener/keeper in Ishan Kishan or an explosive mid-order substitute/keeper in Sanju Samson. In any case, one of the two will be absent.
bowling attack
In the bowling unit, Chahar, who will return to Zimbabwe’s ODIs, is likely to be part of the Asian Cup squad as well.
“Deepak was one of India’s regular T20 bowlers before he got injured. He deserves a fair chance and we also need a similar replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Also, now that he is coming back, he should play a lot of games to find his rhythm,” added the source.
Harshal Patel is said to have a ribcage injury and his inclusion in the squad will be subject to fitness.
Regarding the off-spinner position, Washington Sundar will not be considered for the T20 World Cup as the team management wants to move forward with the experience of Ravichandran Ashwin alongside Ravindra Jadeja , Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel.
Likewise, Mohammed Shami was told that he would only be considered for Tests and ODIs.
Asian Cup team (in contention)
Certainties (13): Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Relief paste: Deepak Hooda/Ishan Kishan/Sanju Samson
Backup Pacers: Arshdeep Singh/Avesh Khan/Deepak Chahar/Harshal Patel.
Emergency Spinners: Axar Patel/Kuldeep Yadav/Ravi Bishnoi.

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