India Squad For Asia Cup 2018 Announced, Virat Kohli Rested For The Tournament
National selectors announced the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup on Saturday, which will be played in UAE. India will play their first Asia Cup match on September 18, just a week after the last day of the fifth Test of England tour against England.
The Indian captain Virat Kohli has been rested regarding the workload he has gone through and back pain, and in his absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team during the Asia Cup 2018 with regular skipper Virat Kohli being rested from the 16-member squad for the upcoming tournament.
The tournament gets underway on September 15 with the final to be played on September 28 and features Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and a qualifier.
Team India is the defending champions of Asia Cup tournament in the year 2016 beating Bangladesh which was played in T20 format due to World Cup.
The 16-member squad for Asia Cup includes Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav who have been brought in while Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, and Siddarth Kaul, who all found a place in the squad for England ODI series, are among ones to miss out.
India team will be strengthened with the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are the 4 main frontline pacers included in the squad.
The squad also includes 20-year-old pacer Khaleel Ahmed from Rajasthan who has earned his maiden India call-up while Mayank Agarwal’s wait continues despite rich vein of form. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul are the other openers included in the squad.
India squad for 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.