The Asia Cup 2018 is underway where 6 International teams are competing against each other for the coveted Trophy. Ever since it has started Asia Cup has given us entertaining nail biting matches and some outstanding individual performances in the past.

It’s a tournament where arch rivals- India and Pakistan get those rare opportunities to compete outside ICC Tournaments.

Team India are the defending Champions of the Asia Cup but with the absence of our regular captain Virat Kohli, it will be interesting to see how the team perform under the leadership of the hitman –  Rohit Sharma!

So what can we expect from Team India in this edition of the Asia Cup?

The run machine for India Virat Kohli has been rested due to his hectic schedule and recent back injury. The selectors have decided to rest him ahead of the big series against Australia and busy 12 months ahead. The Indian side still looks strong on paper with a balanced batting and bowling line up with a good mix of experience and young energy.

From the top order to the middle order we have batsmen like Dhawan, Rohit, MS Dhoni and Rayadu. The bowling unit looks as strong as ever with Bumrah and Bhuvi leading the seam attack and spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzi Chahal playing a crucial on the UAE dry pitches. Khaleel Ahmed gets his opportunity in the blue of Team India – will be good to see him get an early chance in the tournament.

Team India are undoubtedly favourites for the Asia Cup, the men in blue are not just the defending champions of the Asia Cup but also one of the strong contenders to win the title this year too.

India have won the Asia Cup six out of the 9 tournaments and have won the title on both occasions when UAE hosted the competition.

Key Player to watch out for:

MS Dhoni

One of the greatest finisher of all-time in limited overs cricket, MS Dhoni has been India’s go-to man. Be that as a leader, as a game-changer, as a finisher, as a man behind the wickets – he is a man for every occasion! For over a decade now, Dhoni has been serving the team, the nation with his magnificent performances. Mahi’s experience is invaluable and while few of the critics might still talk about his slow run rate while batting, we as Indian supporters know his value to this young side. His presence in the side as a senior player is more than enough to build a Champions side for the upcoming world cup. MSD himself has shown his clear intentions of playing the 2019 World Cup and now there is no looking back for the India’s go-to man!

The Asia Cup will be a perfect platform for him to score some runs with the bat on an individual level before the main event next year.

India will be look to use this tournament as a start to their World Cup build up, where they can experiment with young talent and find the perfect balance to their Playing XI. We wish the side led by Rohit Sharma all the very best for the Asia Cup.

India will be playing Hong Kong on 18th September and arch-rivals Pakistan on 19th September as a part of the Group Stage matches.

India squad for Asia Cup:

Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh 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, K Khaleel Ahmed

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