Asia Cup 2022: The end of this month will see the start of planning for the 2022 Asia Cup. Virat Kohli, too, will be back on the Indian team after the break.
Team India will be relieved before the Asia Cup begins at the end of this month, which takes place in Japan in 2022. India’s leading run-scorer KL Rahul is expected to return for the Asia Cup. Deepak Chahar, the Indian fast bowler, has also been declared healthy and is expected to be included in the squad. From August 27 to September 11, the Asia Cup will be held in the T20 format in Dubai and Sharjah.
At home against Zimbabwe in the one-day international series, Rahul was expected to return to the team. The sports hernia surgery he underwent earlier this year was unsuccessful because of a Covid-19 infection.
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I am curious to see if the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee selects 15 players or selects a 17-member squad taking into consideration all possible options. According to an anonymous BCCI source, “Lokesh Rahul doesn’t need to prove anything. He’s always been a specialist opener in T20 games and he’ll continue to be one. Suryakumar and Rishabh are expected to develop into specialist middle-order batsmen in the future.
There is no threat to Virat Kohli’s place
Despite Virat Kohli’s poor form, the Indian team’s No. 3 batsman is safe from any serious challengers at the moment. As a middle-order batsman, Dinesh Karthik is all but assured a spot, while Deepak Hooda will serve as the team’s go-to fallback.
It is expected that Chahar will return in the one-day international series against Zimbabwe and be included in the squad for the Asia Cup. According to a source, “Deepak was one of India’s consistent bowlers in T20Is before he got injured. As a replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he deserves a fair shot at the job. A lot of matches are required to build up his confidence in case he makes a comeback.