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Asia Cup 2022: India’s Best Predicted Playing XI

India's Predicted Playing XI for Asia Cup 2022
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Playing XI India vs Pakistan (Predicted): Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal

Asia Cup 2022 Predicted Playing XI for India: Rohit Sharma & Co will hope to put an end to their title drought as they will feature in the 2022 edition of the Asia Cup. The esteemed T20 tournament will get underway on August 27 in the United Arab Emirates with the curtain-raiser between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

India will be starting their campaign in the tournament with a battle against Pakistan on August 28 at the Dubai International Stadium. The Men in Blue will have a chance to record a hat-trick of victories. They won the title in 2016 by defeating Bangladesh and followed it up in 2018 with another win over the Tigers in 2018. 

India-Vs-Pakistan-Asia Cup 2022
India-Vs-Pakistan-Asia Cup 2022

For the marquee event, India have named a solid 15-member squad with three players as standby. Read this article to find out India’s predicted best playing XI for the tournament. 

Asia Cup 2022 Openers: Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul

India have a confirmed opening pair in the form of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. The skipper will have the responsibility to lead from the front. Rohit hasn’t shown much form lately and will be expecting to change things at the earliest.

The batter will have the responsibility to score quick runs at the beginning of the innings to provide a platform for the coming players. Rohit’s opening partner Rahul is also a solid batter and the team will hope for free-flowing batting from his end.

The Lucknow Super Giants skipper hasn’t featured in a competitive game since May and will be eager to get back his form in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Asia Cup 2022 Middle-order Batters: Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant

Asia Cup 2022: India’s Best Predicted Playing XI
Asia Cup 2022: India’s Best Predicted Playing XI

All eyes will be on Virat Kohli as he will walk to bat at number three in the Asia Cup. The batter is going through the worst phase of his cricket career but the chances of management dropping him are extremely grim.

Kohli is a player for big tournaments and India will be hoping for him to regain his rhythm. The former skipper will be complemented by Suryakumar Yadav in the middle order. The Mumbai-born is in a red hot form. He is also the top-rated Indian batter in the ICC rankings for T20I batters (number two).

At number five we have Rishabh Pant. The wicketkeeper-batter is an asset to the Indian team. On his day, Pant can smack any bowler anywhere in the world. For India to win the Asia Cup, it is crucial for Rishabh to show sensational form. 

Asia Cup 2022 All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja

The inclusion of two all-rounders namely Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja makes India a tremendous side in the Asia Cup. Hardik has been absolutely brilliant in 2022. The Gujarat Titans skipper will have the responsibility of adding the finishing touches to the Indian batting innings while also contributing with the ball.

Speaking of Jadeja, he will be a vital cog for India as UAE conditions suit spinners the most. It will also be an important tournament for Jadeja as he hasn’t played good cricket this year.

Asia Cup 2022 Bowlers: Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh

Asia Cup 2022: India’s Best Predicted Playing XI
Asia Cup 2022: India’s Best Predicted Playing XI

Considering the UAE conditions, India is likely to go with three spinners. There can be no one better than Ravi Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal to rattle the opposition batters. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh are expected to be the two frontline seamers in the Indian camp.

The absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel has paved the way for Arshdeep Singh into the team.

India Predicted Playing XI

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.

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