The Asia Cup returns to the mix after it was cancelled in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Another change this year in the Asia Cup is its format. The last Asia Cup which happened in India was in 50 over format, but owing to the T20 World Cup in the 4th quarter of this year, the tournament format has been changed to T20.
When it comes to the Asia Cup, one match that is discussed the most is the clash between two arch rivals, India and Pakistan. Both countries have a long-standing history in the game. Whenever these two teams face each other, it’s like the world comes to a standstill and all attention is on this game.
With the Asia Cup approaching soon, let’s look at the probable playing XI of Team India and Pakistan for big clash.
India’s Probable XI
When we talk about Indian openers, one name that is a de facto selection is Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, will have a major role to play in this upcoming Asia Cup. Rohit Sharma has had decent success against Pakistan. The Indian captain will be responsible for providing India with a good start against Pakistan’s new ball bowlers.
Now coming to his opening partner, one name which perfectly fits is KL Rahul. Rahul has a phenomenal track record as opener. The wicketkeeper-batter can easily switch gears in no time, giving his captain much-needed time to settle in. KL Rahul, before getting injured, was in terrific form in the IPL, where he carried his team, Lucknow Super Giants to knockout stage in their first season itself. Another advantage of having KL Rahul in the top order is that he can provide stability in a case of collapse and is capable of holding on from one end.