The India vs. Pakistan clash in the Asia Cup 2023 marks the commencement of India’s official preparations for the 2023 World Cup.
The Playing XI for India in this critical match consists of Rohit Sharma as captain, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan as the wicketkeeper, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj.
KL Rahul’s absence presents two key challenges. Firstly, Ishan Kishan must play, and secondly, Kishan is most effective in the top three positions. This dilemma raises questions about who should be the two openers. While Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan have performed well together, it prompts consideration of whether India should move Rohit Sharma to a lower batting position, possibly No. 3 or No. 4. This is a significant question for India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid.
In the lead-up to the Asia Cup, both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill were seen batting at No. 3 and No. 4 during India’s practice sessions. Consequently, Ishan Kishan appears to be the preferred choice as an opener. This decision makes sense, especially when facing Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi’s fiery left-arm pace. Having a left-handed batsman like Kishan at the top could be advantageous.
India have won the toss and have opted to bat
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj