Just a day after the Indian Team revived their chances of qualifying for the finals of the Common Wealth Bank Series, selectors have announced the squad for Asia Cup starting March 12. India are the defending champions of the Asia Cup, which will be held in Mirpur from March 11 to March 22 and also features Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. After the repeated batting failures down under, the selectors have shown patience with the young batsmen for theseries in the subcontinent.
Will Sachin finally get the magical hundred?
100th hundred, this landmark appears to be very far from Sachin Tendulkar despite him showing ominous form he has somehow just not been able to get to the three figure mark. It’s been almost a year now that Sachin has not scored a century, deciding to play this series Sachin has again given himself and his billion fans hopes to getting to the elusive century. With selectors “resting” Virender Sehwag from the series, there arises no reason for the rotation policy to continue. In all likelihood Gambhir will partner Sachin to open the batting for India. The angry young man of India, Virat Kohli has been appointed the Vice-Captain of the team, which ensures that Indian Cricket is headed the right way. The middle order looks a bit out of form for the recent failure of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. After warming the bench for almost 4 months, Rohit got a chance to impress one and all in the ODI’s, but sadly he has been struggling to find the form he promised when he played his last series against West Indies. Talent that Rohit possesses has compelled the selectors to persist with him for one more series. Suresh Raina was under pressure to score runs and a quick cameo in the last chase of 321 by India in Hobart made sure that he gets one more series to amend the poor form overseas. M S Dhoni, the captain of the team will look forward to a better series after being at the receiving end of the criticisms for losing test matches. After contributing very well with the bat in the CB Series, Dhoni will want to continue his good form in Bangladesh too.
Yusuf Pathan made a comeback to the team on the basis of a very good domestic season this year. Irfan Pathan held his place after having a decent tour in both batting and bowling departments. The Pathan brothers will relish another chance to shine on this tour to Bangladesh. Ravindra Jadeja, the million dollar boy retained his place even after being very poor with the ball in the CB series. With Harbhajan Singh not able to impress with his bowling in the domestic games, it was evident that R Ashwin would be the leading off spinner of this team. Zaheer Khan completing a full tour of Australia in itself was a huge achievement for him, thereby making him due for rest. Umesh Yadav impressed one and all by his pace and skill but he clearly needs to work on his bowling to cement his place in the team. Umesh is replaced by the Bengal fast bowler Ashok Dinda, his selection comes on the back of a successful Ranji Trophy, in which he was the second-highest wicket-taker with 37 in six matches. Ashok will partner Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar in the medium pace attack of India. Rahul Sharma and Manoj Tiwary retained their place in the squad. Their inclusion in the squad provides a healthy atmosphere for competition which will motivate all of them to do well. Overall, India has a balanced and young squad making them very dangerous and team to watch out for. Having just seen the strongest test team on paper being whitewashed twice, India will hope that the youngsters do not waste this chance of getting themselves in the groove for the bigger series to follow.