Asia Cup 2022, IND vs HK: Experimental India get ready to steamroll Hong Kong
Asia Cup 2022, IND vs HK: KL Rahul couldn’t have wished for an easier opposition to get his rhythm back as a buoyant India get ready to steamroll minnows Hong Kong in their second and final group league game of the Asia Cup here on Wednesday.
The Group A encounter for Rohit Sharma’s team against a team, primarily made up of Pakistani and Indian expats, who are otherwise not good enough to play first-class cricket in either of the two countries, won’t be more than a glorified net session.
Hardik Pandya’s scripted last over thriller gave India a hard-earned victory over Pakistan, and against Hong Kong, the batsmen will be the main focus of the match.
Rahul, whose first T20I in 2022 was against Pakistan the other night, would like to start the game strong and would take this chance to adopt a different batting strategy than his IPL one.
As India prepares for the T2O World Cup, which will be hosted by Australia from October 16 to November 13. The quality of an innings and its significance in the overall scheme of the game more crucial at this point.
To put it kindly, Hong Kong’s bowling won’t equal Pakistan’s quality. But there is always a level of trepidation when dealing with an unknown force.
Rahul must therefore make the most of this chance to boost his self-confidence. Before the Super Fours and tournament’s crucial final stretch.
Since captain Rohit has stated that experimentation will continue. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if a different batting order is used on Wednesday.
The Hong Kong game will all about Virat Kohli getting more quality hitting time in the middle against an opposition. That is sure to be terrified by his mere presence there.
Even Rohit would like to throw a couple into the crowd after a quiet game against Pakistan.
It will be intriguing to observe if Rishabh Pant replaces Dinesh Karthik. In order to give him some playing time or if Ravindra Jadeja bats at No. 4 against Hong Kong.
Even without Shaheen Shah Afridi, India’s top order contributed significantly to the calibre of assault that was on display. India’s top order returned to their old safety first strategy against Pakistan.
Only when India plays against assaults with greater depth than that of England, the West Indies. Or Sri Lanka can it reliably determined whether its all-out attack exhibition in powerplay will succeed or fail.
Therefore, only against teams like Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, and New Zealand will the batting order’s attacking mentality truly tested.
No player would want to sit out of a game like one against Hong Kong. Because it helps to bolster numbers.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Jadeja could take a break while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi could also get a look in.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan (c), Kinchit Shah, Aftab Hussain, Aizaz Khan, Ateeq Iqbal, Babar Hayat, Dhananjay Rao, Ehsan Khan, Haroon Arshad, Scott McKechnie, Ghazanfar Mohammad, Mohammad Waheed, Ayush Shukla, Ahan Trivedi, Wajid Shah, Yasim Murtaza, Zeeshan Ali.