|Rohit Sharma is Team India captain for Asia Cup 2018|
New Delhi: Indian selectors gave captain Virat Kohli the rest of the Asia Cup and given the command of 16-member team to replace Rohit Sharma in the UAE in the tournament. The Asia Cup will commence only four days after the Indian team’s England tour ends. The 5th and final Test matches between India and England will be played from September 7 to 11, while Asia Cup will start in UAE from September 15.
In the absence of Kohli, vice-captain Rohit will lead the Indian team, in which the left-arm fast bowler Khalil Ahmed of Rajasthan is included in the new face. India can clash with its opponent Pakistan in this tournament three times (if both teams reach the finals). But in the minds of selectors, there must have been definitely a tour of Australia in which India would play four Test matches and where Kohli would like to do his best.
The players who have been dropped in the last series against England include Suresh Raina, middle order batsman Shreyas Iyer, fast bowler Umesh Yadav and Siddharth Kaul. Apart from Raina and Iyer, Ambati Rayudu and allrounder Kedar Jadhav have been named. Rayudu has passed the Yo Yo Test, while Jadhav is now fully fit.
Team India for Asia Cup, 2018 announced. Rohit Sharma set to lead the side in UAE #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/mx6mF27a9K
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Selection Committee Chairman MSK Prasad said, “In view of the huge engagement, we have rested them (Kohli). He has been playing constantly for some time now. He is playing consistently from the IPL itself. That’s why we gave them rest. ” Khalil, a resident of Tonk, Rajasthan, has played 17 list A matches in which he has taken 28 wickets. Rahul Dravid is keeping an eye on him from the 2016 Under-19 World Cup. He had also recently visited England with India A.
The selectors want diversity in the fast bowling before the World Cup, and they have now decided to try Khalil because of not yielding favorable results of Jaidev Unadkat and Barinder Sar. Prasad said, ‘Yes, two places are not fixed yet. One of these places is for the left-handed fast bowler, in which we are going to try Khalil.
Opponent Mayank Agarwal gets disappointed again. Despite making consistent runs in every format in domestic cricket, he was not picked in the team. Prasad however said that he could be picked early in the team. Prasad said, “Mayank Agarwal has been performing very well since the last 10-12 months. I am confident that he will get a chance at the right time. ”
The Team Is: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuswendra Chahal, Akshar Patel , Bhubaneswar Kumar, Jaspreet Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khalil Ahmed
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