India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2023: Rohit Sharma Rested, Kohli and Dhoni Absent

Asia Cup 2023: Key Players Rested as India Prepares for World Cup

India Makes Strategic Resting Decisions

As the much-anticipated Asia Cup 2023 approaches, India’s cricket team is taking strategic measures to ensure the well-being and performance of its key players. Captain Rohit Sharma, along with Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, have all been given the opportunity to rest and recharge ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup.

Despite leading the Indian team in the World Cup, it was deemed essential that Rohit Sharma be rested for the Aussie series. His fitness and form are paramount for the team’s success on the grand stage, and the management believes a period of rest will rejuvenate him.

Kohli’s Mental Rest for World Cup Success

The absence of Virat Kohli, India’s batting powerhouse, during the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh raised eyebrows. However, with the ODI World Cup in sight, it has become apparent that Kohli’s mental well-being is as crucial as his physical prowess. Rumors suggest that Kohli’s exceptional performances in the World Cup could be attributed to his much-needed rest. Although his absence will undoubtedly impact the team’s strength, the management emphasizes the importance of prioritizing his long-term success.

Bumrah’s Workload Management

Another player facing resting considerations is Jasprit Bumrah. The pace sensation, who recently returned from injury, was already given a game off during the Asia Cup. Given his limited playing time since his comeback, it is imperative to manage Bumrah’s workload effectively. Additionally, the fact that Australia will be India’s first opponents in the World Cup further solidifies the decision to rest him. The management believes that keeping Bumrah as a secret weapon will maximize India’s chances of triumphing over Australia in the World Cup.

Possible Inclusions in the Squad

With key players being rested, India might take this opportunity to include potential back-up players in the series against Australia. Sanju Samson, who served as a reserve player in the Asia Cup, is being considered as a potential addition. While Suryakumar Yadav’s form remains a concern, his inclusion in India’s squad for the ODI World Cup sparks debates. In this context, bringing Sanju into the mix is reportedly under consideration.

Other players who may retain their spots in the team include KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, and more. Considering Akshar Patel’s injury, Washington Sundar is likely to take his place if needed. Additionally, Prasidh Krishna and Mohammad Shami are expected to be part of the team.

An Opportunity to Test India’s Bench Strength

As India gears up for the World Cup, the upcoming series against Australia presents a valuable opportunity to gauge the strength of India’s bench. Shardul Thakur, who has impressed in the past, will have a chance to showcase his skills before the tournament commences. Meanwhile, the Australians have already announced a formidable squad, ensuring an exciting battle in this series.

Probable India Team:

  • Shubman Gill
  • Ishan Kishan
  • Tilak Verma
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • KL Rahul
  • Sanju Samson
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • Hardik Pandya (c)
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Mohammad Siraj
  • Prasidh Krishna
  • Washington Sundar
  • Kuldeep Yadav

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It is suggested that India will enter the series under Hardik Pandya after resting captain Rohit Sharma. While Kohli, Hardik and Bumrak were all rested in the Asia Cup, only Rohit was not rested. So, Rohit needs to be rested in the Aussie series. Rohit is leading India in the World Cup. So his fitness is very important.

Virat Kohli was rested for the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh. But with the ODI World Cup ahead, there will be no Kohli in the Aussie series either. It is very important for Kohli to get mental rest. It is said that Kohli could be rested for his strongest performance in the World Cup. Resting Kohli will affect the strength of the team but with the World Cup on the horizon, it is imperative that he rests.

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India can also rest Jasprit Bumrak. Bumrock, who is returning from injury, was rested for one game during the Asia Cup. Bumrah has not played many matches since his comeback. However, Bumrah may be absent from the Australia series. The first reason is the need to reduce Bumrah’s workload. The second reason is that Australia will be India’s first opponents in the World Cup.

If Bumrah understands the strategy firsthand, it will affect India negatively. So, Bumrah has to be kept aside as a diamond weapon for India to lock down Australia in the World Cup. It is said that India could also include players who are likely to be considered as back-ups in the World Cup with the Aussies in the series. There are indications that India may consider Sanju Samson. Sanju was a reserve player in the Asia Cup.

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But with the return of KL Rahul, Sanju was dropped as a backup player. Sanju was ruled out of the ODI World Cup. But Suryakumar Yadav’s continued poor form and his inclusion in India’s squad for the ODI World Cup has been the subject of much debate. In this situation, India is reportedly planning to bring Sanju with her.

Tilak Verma and Suryakumar Yadav may be retained in the team. KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan Ravindra Jadeja and others can also stay in the team. India will field Washington Sundar in place of the injured Akshar Patel. If Akshar is unable to play in the World Cup, Sundarin will also be the main consideration in his place. Physath Krishna and Mohammad Shami will also reportedly be in the team.

Shardul Thakur will also be in the series. Before the World Cup, Shardul will have a chance to prove his ability once again. The Aussies have already announced a strong squad. Watch the Aussies series as an opportunity to test the strength of India’s bench.

Probable India Team: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Verma, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Pyath Krishna, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav

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