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India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: Team India’s Predicted XI

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India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: Team India’s Predicted XI

The Asia Cup 2018 is the 14th edition of the tournament. While the competition is quite tough considering even Afghanistan is a threat in today’s day and age, one contest cricket fans around the world can’t wait for is the block-buster India vs Pakistan clash.

While India opens their campaign against Hongkong on the 18th of September, Rohit Sharma and his men will have their task cut out considering they take on arch-rivals Pakistan the very next day. While in a normal situation we would have assumed that a few players might be rested considering hardly any team plays 2 days in a row, expect no leniency from the Indian boys who would be willing to prove that they could win cricket matches even without Virat Kohli.

The Indian Team will be taken care of by Rohit Sharma instead who is no alien to the role. While he has captained India on numerous occasions before, Hitman is also the regular captain for the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Let’s have a look at the playing XI India might step out with ahead of their all-important clash against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018.

Team India’s 16 Member Squad For The Asia Cup 2018

Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan (VC) , KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed.

India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: Team India’s Predicted XI

Openers: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma

With no disrespect to Shikhar Dhawan, he is suddenly a different player when playing in the sub-continent. The flair comes back and the left-handed south-paw suddenly becomes a run machine. Knowing Mohammad Amir could trouble Rohit Sharma early by the angle he creates, more would be expected of Dhawan, especially in the first 10 overs.

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On the other hand, if Rohit Sharma gets a start, he loves scoring those ‘Daddy Hundreds’ and Pakistan would want to knock him off early. Yes, KL Rahul played a gem of an innings at the Oval but it seems likely that the duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will open the batting for India.

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