In a thrilling showdown between cricketing giants, India won the toss and opted to bat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023. The highly-anticipated clash promises to be a spectacle, with both teams eager to showcase their skills and determination on the field.
Pakistan’s Playing XI boasts a formidable lineup, including Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, skipper Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf. Babar Azam, the Pakistan captain, expressed confidence in his team’s abilities despite not having the advantage of choosing to bat first. He emphasized their preparedness and understanding of the playing conditions.
On the Indian side, the Playing XI features Rohit Sharma as captain, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj. Captain Rohit Sharma stressed the importance of embracing challenges, highlighting the team’s readiness to face top-quality opposition.
Of particular significance is the return of key players like Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah, adding to India’s firepower. Cricket fans from around the world are eagerly awaiting this high-intensity and dramatic encounter between two cricketing powerhouses. Shreyas Iyer, in particular, expressed his excitement and gratitude for being a part of this significant match, acknowledging the privilege of representing India under the guidance of coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma.
Shreyas Iyer: I never imagined I’ll be playing Asia Cup. The recovery was slow and steady. I passed the fitness test one week before selection, and I was really happy with that. I was nervous last night, couldn’t sleep. I am super excited to play this match against Pakistan. It’s a phenomenal feeling to be honest as they are the number 1 team at the moment. We are privileged to be a part of this team and journey with Rahul sir (Dravid) as the coach and under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. The spirits are high in the dressing room and we are looking forward to this game. Delighted to be playing against these (Afridi, Rauf, Naseem) bowlers, plan is just to watch the ball and play according to the situation.