KL Rahul remains silent on playing XI, says ‘excited to play again against Pakistan’

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India vs Pak Live – Asia Cup 2022 Live, KL Rahul Press Conference Live: The marquee clash between India vs Pakistan is now just 48 hours away. Rohit Sharma-led Indian team is busy finalizing their match strategy and fielding XI for the Pakistan match. Meanwhile, Indian vice-captain KL Rahul will hold an official press conference today at 7 pm. Rahul can shed some light on India’s composition for the match: Follow India vs Pakistan Live and Asia Cup Cricket live updates with InsideSport.IN.

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When is KL Rahul’s press conference?

  • KL Rahul will address the media at 7 pm
  • He can give some insight into India’s strategy and match XI
  • After Rahul’s press conference, the team is scheduled to practice at the ICC Cricket Academy.

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  • Dinesh Karthik or Deepak Hooda?
  • Who will partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar? Arshdeep Singh or Abesh Khan?
  • Where will Ravindra Jadeja play?

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Dinesh Karthik or Deepak Hooda: One is a designated finisher and the other is an all-rounder who could be India’s 6m Bowling options. Without Hooda, India will need five bowlers to bowl the full quota of four overs, including Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya.

But this is a position that will again be subject to debate. Hooda has done amazing batting in the top-order. Dinesh Karthik also got success by batting at number 7. But if Hooda is at No. 6 and Hardy is at No. 7 and Karthik is out, there is no point in taking the experienced player to the Asia Cup.

All the fuss about Karthik’s form aside, he doesn’t offer balance to India. But since the selectors have decided to trust Karthik, he is unlikely to be benched. Hence, Hooda is unlikely to make it to the playing XI.

Who will partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar? – After the tours of England and West Indies, it is clear that Arshdeep Singh is ahead of Avesh Khan in the pecking order. Hence, Arashdeep is likely to partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel.

In his short T20 career, Arshdeep Singh has impressed the selectors a lot. In 6 matches, he got 9 wickets with an excellent economy rate of 6.33. His yorkers and variations have been extremely effective in the death overs. In fact, in the five matches where he bowled in the death overs, Arshdeep returned with 7 wickets at an economy of 4.73, the best of the lot.

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What is Arshdeep Singh’s first favorite pacer?

  • But it is his left-handed seam that makes him one of the priorities.
  • In 6 T20s, he has 9 wickets at an economy rate of 6.33.
  • He became the most expensive of his T20 career when he conceded 18 runs in 2 overs against West Indies.
  • But it was his first full series and he won the player of the series award with 7 wickets in five matches.
  • However, it is his death-over bowling that makes him an invaluable asset in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence.
  • In IPL 2022, Arshdeep was only behind Bumrah in terms of death over numbers.
  • Arshdeep’s economy in death overs was 7.58.
  • But in the five T20Is where he has bowled in the death overs for India, his economy rate is just 4.73 for 7 wickets.

Where will Ravindra Jadeja play? – Another big puzzle is where Jadeja will play. Considering he is an all-rounder and has batted admirably in the last few months, he should bat before Karthik. But unlike DK, Jadeja is not an explosive hitter of the ball.

So he will play more of a floater role in the playing XI. If the situation demands, he can bat at 7 before Karthik or the veteran can bat at 7 in this death over.

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India Playing XI vs Pakistan:

  1. Rohit Sharma (C)
  2. KL Rahul
  3. Virat Kohli
  4. Suryakumar Yadav
  5. Rishabh Pant (WK)
  6. Hardik Pandya
  7. Dinesh Karthik/Deepak Hooda
  8. Ravindra Jadeja
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Arshdeep Singh
  11. Yuzvendra Chahal

India Playing XI vs Pakistan: Other Possible Combinations –

  • Ravichandran Ashwin is also another possibility ahead of Jadeja.
  • With Yuzvendra Chahal being the main spinner, Ashwin can take the No. 2 spotn.d A spinner ahead of Jadeja in certain conditions.
  • Top 6 along with Hardik Pandya will get automatic selection and place in all match XI.
  • But the position may change. Suryakumar Yadav passed the inaugural task with flying colors.
  • KL Rahul, who is still coming back from injury and hasn’t done so well as per Rohit Sharma’s template, could be dropped to No. 4 in the middle order.

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India’s Asia Cup Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra. Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.

Backup: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Akshar Patel

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