Asia Cup 2023

IND vs PAK: India Playing XI vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2023, Group A – Predicted

Mihir KordeMihir Korde

September 1 2023
IND vs PAK: India Playing XI vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2023, Group A - Predicted

India will take on Pakistan in their opening fixture of Asia Cup on 2nd September at Pallekele.

When it comes to cricket, no rivalry can match the intensity and passion of India vs Pakistan. This clash transcends boundaries, ignites passion, and captures the hearts of millions around the world. It’s more than just a cricket match, it’s a cultural phenomenon. Every encounter between these two cricketing giants is full of emotions, and the desire to win over their archrival.

The highly anticipated clash between India and Pakistan in Asia Cup 2023 will take place on September 2nd at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Both arch-rivals find themselves in group A alongside Nepal. Adding to the excitement, this tournament serves as a crucial preparatory event for the upcoming World Cup. Asia Cup is returning to its 50-overs format after a five-year gap, magnifying the significance of this tournament. India were the champions of the last 50-overs format Asia cup in Dubai in 2018. Let’s have a look at the possible playing XI of the Indian team that will take on co-host Pakistan in Kandy.

1. Rohit Sharma (C):

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Image Source: BCCI)

As the captain of the Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma brings leadership and experience to the table. His remarkable batting skills and strategic thinking make him an asset to the team. Known for his ability to score big runs, Sharma’s performance at the top will be pivotal in setting a strong foundation for India. The team will want him to give those crucial starts and convert them to big innings like he has done in the past.

2. Ishan Kishan (WK):

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. (Image Source: AP Photos)

With KL Rahul missing out on the first-two games of Asia Cup 2023, Ishan Kishan, the wicket-keeper-batsman will take up his position in the XI. The left-handed batter offers explosive batting skills combined with safe glovework behind the stumps. His aggressive approach and adaptability make him a dynamic asset. He would be opening with his Mumbai Indians opening partner, Rohit Sharma.

3. Shubman Gill:

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Image Source: BCCI)

Young and talented, Shubman Gill is a rising star in Indian cricket. His solid technique and elegant stroke-play are valuable assets. Gill’s contribution in the No. 3 position will be crucial as he can anchor the innings and also look to convert them to big hundreds. Gill ha had an exceptional 2023 and would like to play with the same consistently.

4. Virat Kohli:

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Source: AP)

Batting at No. 4 Virat Kohli, the epitome of consistency and class, will bring his unmatched batting skills to the forefront. His ability to chase down targets and stabilise the innings will be crucial. Kohli’s presence and captaincy experience add an extra layer of leadership to the squad.

5. Shreyas Iyer:

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Image Source: Twitter)

Playing in the middle-order Shreyas Iyer’s will be a crucial asset for India. Coming out of an injury, Iyer will be looking to make a solid comeback. His ability to rotate the strike and accelerate when needed provides depth to the batting lineup. Iyer’s stability in the middle-overs will be instrumental in building or chasing down competitive totals.

6. Hardik Pandya:

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Image Source: BCCI)

Hardik Pandya’s all-round abilities will provide a balanced dimension to the team. His explosive batting and reliable bowling make him a game-changer. Pandya’s contributions in both departments make him a vital asset, particularly in crunch situations. He is also the vice-captain of the team.

7. Ravindra Jadeja:

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Source: AP Photos)

Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round capabilities make him an indispensable asset to the team. His exceptional fielding, economical bowling, and handy batting down the order provide a multi-dimensional advantage. Jadeja’s ability to turn the game in India’s favour cannot be understated. Jadeja has become a very handy batsmen for his team in recent past and will continue to do so in this tournamnet aswell.

8. Axar Patel:

Axar Patel
Axar Patel. (Image Source: BCCI)

Axar Patel’s accurate spin bowling and lower-order batting make him a versatile asset. His ability to tie down batsmen and contribute with the bat adds depth to the squad. Patel’s role as a spin bowler in the middle-overs will be crucial to controlling the game. He will be the second left-handed batter in the team along with Ravindra Jadeja.

9. Kuldeep Yadav:

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav. (Image Source: BCCI)

Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist-spin variation adds potency to India’s bowling attack. His ability to take wickets in the middle-overs and break partnerships is a key asset. Yadav’s unique style of bowling could prove challenging for the opposition. He will be leading the spin department for India and will be very effective in Sri Lankan pitches.

10. Jasprit Bumrah:

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Source: Getty Images)

Jasprit Bumrah’s remarkable pace and accuracy make him the spearhead of India’s bowling unit. His ability to generate bounce and seam movement keeps batsmen on their toes. Bumrah’s knack for taking early wickets and delivering under pressure is invaluable. Bumrah was also out of the team for almost a year due to an injury, he recently made a comeback in Ireland and picked up 4 wickets.

11. Mohammed Shami:

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. (Image Source: AFP)

Mohammed Shami’s pace and ability to swing the ball make him a lethal asset in India’s pace attack. His skill in both new-ball and death bowling scenarios provides a well-rounded advantage. Shami’s experience and wicket-taking ability will be crucial against strong opponents. He along with Bumrah would give India early breakthroughs.

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