Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Jaffer reveals playing XI for Pakistan clash, look how they fared in 2022
Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer on Saturday revealed his personal Playing eleven for India’s Asia Cup 2022 opener against Pakistan.
Rohit Sharma-led India will face Pakistan in the opening match of their 2022 Asia Cup title defence on Sunday. Rishabh Pant must bat at number five if he decides to play, according to Jaffer, who hasn’t made a definite decision between Pant and wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik.
“My India XI vs Pakistan: 1. Rohit 2. KL 3. Virat 4. Sky 5. Hardik 6. DK / Pant* 7. Jadeja 8. Bhuvi 9. Bishnoi 10. Chahal 11. Arshdeep *If Pant plays, he should bat at no.5,” tweeted Jaffer.
All-rounder Deepak Hooda, seasoned spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and pacer Avesh Khan were not included in Jaffer’s starting eleven.
Whether Team India should start Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik at the Asia Cup has caused controversy among fans.
The T20I statistics for Pant don’t exactly support his talent. The wicketkeeper-batter has performed admirably in Tests and ODIs, but he has struggled to repeat that success in T20Is on a more regular basis.
His overall T20I statistics showed 883 runs scored in 54 games, a below-average average of 23.86. In the smallest format of the game, Pant has scored three half-centuries. He has participated in 13 T20 Internationals in 2022 and has amassed 260 runs at an average of 26.00. Only one half-century and a 52* are all that he has managed.
Following his time with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League 2022, Karthik gained notoriety once more this year. He scored 330 runs at an average of 55.00 in his 16 IPL appearances for RCB, going unbeaten eleven times. He also managed to reach fifty and achieve a high mark of 66*.
Although he played some good knocks, he has not really been able to duplicate this success in international cricket. This year, he has scored 192 runs at an average of 21.33 in 15 T20I games. He achieved his top score of 55 and one half-century.
The focus is on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two of cricket’s top batsmen, to get back in shape. Rohit Sharma, the captain, has scored 290 runs at an average of 24.16 in 13 T20I games this year. His 64-point format score this year is his highest, and he has also hit a half-century.
Virat, on the other hand, has had a startlingly quiet year in 2022, scoring just 81 runs in four T20I matches, averaging 20.25 and hitting one half-century.
KL Rahul recently made his comeback to international cricket following the February tour to Zimbabwe, when he played in two one-day internationals and managed to record scores of 1 and 30.
In T20Is, Suryakumar Yadav has had a fantastic batting 2022. He has scored 428 runs at an average of 38.90 in 12 T20I games this year, including one century and two fifties. His astounding strike rate is 189.38.
This year in T20Is, all-arounder Hardik Pandya has shown good form. He has hit 281 runs with an average of 31.22 in 13 games. He has also reached fifty years old. In addition to this, he has taken eight wickets in 13 games, with a high of 4/33.
Ravindra Jadeja, Pandya’s left-rival, hander’s has also been in excellent form with the bat, amassing 166 runs in seven innings at an average of 55.33. His top mark for a single test is 46*. He hasn’t been that effective with the ball, though, taking only four victims in seven games this year while maintaining an economy rate of more than eight.
With the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had an incredible 2022 and contributed to his team’s success by taking early wickets during powerplays. He has 20 wickets this year in seventeen games, with an average of 17.80 and an economy rate of 6.84. His bowling average of 4/13 is his best.
An excellent spinner for India this year has been Ravi Bishnoi. He has 11 wickets in five games at an average of 12.72 and a respectable economy of 7.50. His bowling average is 4/16.
Yuzvendra Chahal, a seasoned bowler, has also taken this year’s most wickets. He has 15 wickets in 12 T20I games at an average of 18.13 and also an economy rate of 7.12. His bowling average of 3/20 is his best.
In his six T20I matches, Arshdeep, a 23-year-old spinner, has been impressive, taking nine wickets at an impressive average of 14.55 and a manageable economy rate of 6.33. His bowling average of 3/12 is his best.
Coming to the India-Pakistan clash, the Indian team will be motivated by vengeance after losing to Pakistan in an embarrassing fashion the previous time these Asian powerhouses squared off on the cricket field.
In T20I games, the two teams have faced off nine times thus far. India enjoys the advantage overall, winning seven of these matchups. Pakistan had only two victories.
However, India was humiliated by 10 wickets in their final encounter at the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021. Shaheen Afridi, a left-arm pacer, smashed the Indian top order with two fast blows. India reached 151/7 in their 20 overs thanks to contributions from then-skipper Virat Kohli (57) and Rishabh Pant (39), but blows from Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*) caused the Men in Blue to suffer a surprising loss.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), 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.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain.