As the Asian Games 2023 approaches, Team India are gearing up for the highly anticipated cricket tournament set to take place from September 28 to October 8 at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field. With the absence of some of the big names in Indian cricket due to their participation in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup, the team composition for the tournament has presented a platform for young stars to shine.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, who needs no introduction after his impressive performances for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been given the responsibility of captaining the Indian side. Gaikwad’s consistent performances and his ability to provide solid starts make him an ideal choice to lead the team.
Joining Gaikwad at the top of the batting order will be Yashasvi Jaiswal, a supremely gifted player who has caught the attention of cricket enthusiasts with his remarkable performances in the domestic circuit and IPL. Jaiswal recently made headlines by scoring a century on his Test debut against the West Indies in Dominica, showcasing his immense potential as a future star.
At the number three position, Rahul Tripathi, known for his aggressive style of play, will be a valuable asset for the team. Tripathi’s ability to build partnerships and score quick runs has earned him recognition, particularly during his stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL.
Shivam Dube, the talented all-rounder, will play a crucial role in the middle order. Dube’s impressive performances for CSK in the IPL 2023 have brought him into the limelight, and his ability to contribute with both bat and ball will provide balance to the team.
Rinku Singh, who emerged as a star for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2023, has been included in the squad. Singh’s power-hitting capabilities and his ability to finish innings with a flourish make him an exciting prospect to watch out for in the tournament. Many fans had criticized the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not selecting Singh for the ongoing West Indies tour, but his inclusion in the Asian Games squad has finally given him the opportunity to represent his country.
In the wicketkeeping department, Jitesh Sharma and Prabhsimran Singh, both from the Punjab Kings (PBKS), have been named in the squad. While both players had impressive performances in the previous season, Jitesh shall take up the gloves for his team.
The spin attack will be led by the experienced Washington Sundar, who has proved his worth in various formats of the game. Sundar’s ability to control the game with his accurate bowling and intelligent variations will make him a key figure in India’s campaign. Assisting him in the spin department will be Ravi Bishnoi, a talented leg-spinner who possesses the ability to trouble batters with his splendid skills.
The pace bowling department will be led by left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh, known for his ability to swing the ball and generate pace. Arshdeep’s previous experiences in the IPL and representing Team India have given him the necessary exposure to perform at the international level. Avesh Khan, another exciting talent from the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), will provide additional firepower to the pace attack with his sheer pace and ability to bowl lethal bouncers.
Completing the bowling lineup will be Mukesh Kumar, who is on the verge of making his debut during the ongoing West Indies tour. Kumar’s impressive performances for the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the IPL 2023 have earned him a spot in the Asian Games squad. His ability to bowl in the opening and death overs will add depth to the bowling attack.
India’s best XI for the Asian Games:
Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rahul Tripathi, Shivam Dube, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan.