Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian side in the Asia Cup scheduled later this month at United Arab Emirates (UAE). The squad has been released by BCCI today and its a sigh of relief for ‘injured’ middle order batsmen as they made it to the side.
Virat Kohli has been rested due to his hectic schedules in 2018. The Indian skipper is the leading run scorer in the International matches (2018). This will further help him to rejuvenate ahead of home series against Windies in October.
Manish Pandey who answered critics with his spectacular knocks in quadrangular series is all set to be a part of the team again. Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav also found themselves fortunate enough to make their dreams come true.
Rajasthan pacer Khaleel Ahmed earned his maiden call-up and it will be really interesting if he can make it to the playing XI. He represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL this year and his thrifty spells in domestic arena paved way for this call.
Suresh Raina has been dropped after his dismal display of batting in English conditions. However, it is really up to him to keep ticking the necessary boxes to make it to the 2019 World Cup squad.
Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed.