Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian side as Virat Kohli has been given break after a straining England tour, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced the Indian squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018, to be played in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The 16-member team includes- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, AT Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Kartik, Kuldip Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Y Chahal, Akshay Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumra, Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed.
Addressing the media, BCCI chief selector, MSK Prasad said, “Considering the workload we have given Virat Kohli rest. He has been playing continuously for quite some time. We need to preserve some of our precious players who are playing all 3 formats, looking at that workload we have started with Virat and he will be rested for Asia Cup.”
Khaleel Ahmed received his maiden roll call for the national team as the selectors explored a probable left-hander option in him.
The tournament, which features Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and a qualifier will kick off on September 15 with Bangladesh facing Sri Lanka. India will play their opening game on September 18. The much-awaited India versus Pakistan playoff would take place on September 19.
India squad for Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan (VC) , KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed.