Asia Cup 2018 Player List- 6 teams, 2 weeks and plenty of mouth-watering matches lined-up ensure that this edition of the Asia Cup will be better than any ever held. Ahead of the Asia Cup’s tournament we at Tentaran bring you the Asia Cup 2018 Player List from each team who will be crucial to their team’s success this year.
In Virat Kohli’s absence the onus has fallen on opener Rohit Sharma to lead the team this Asia Cup. With the burden of guiding India back to glory after the shambolic display in the England tour on Sharma’s shoulder, the pressure of captaincy has grown ten folds for him. Coming in at the vital opening slot, Sharma’s performances will dictate India’s batting this tournament.
The opener who has blown hot and cold in the blue jersey has scored 324 runs this year in 9 innings. The worrying fact is that 252 of those runs have come in 2 innings, with him not getting past even 20 in the remainder seven. With consistency an ever present issue for Sharma it will be interesting to see which Sharma turns up this time.
The Spin Duo Of Chahal And Yadav
With the pair getting more than a month’s break after not featuring in India’s test squad they should be fresh and raring to go on pitches that will support them immensely. India’s ace card has always been their spinners on subcontinent pitches and it will be no different this time. With the tracks providing more than enough assistance for spinners, it will be interesting to see how Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal exploit these conditions to their advantage.
Emerging in the IPL as Sunrisers Hyderabad spearhead spinner, Khan has made a name for himself as one of the best rank turners today. Known for his uncanny ability to trap batsmen with his spells that turn the ball immensely, Rashid Khan will without a doubt be Afghanistan’s key man this tournament.
Afghanistan’s meteoric rise to international cricket is a story that has touched hearts all over owing to its inspirational nature. However, if they are to have a chance of doing well in their first major tournament, Afghanistan need their batting unit to step up. And this is where captain Asghar Afghan steps in. Afghan will have to show immense patience and poise to ensure the innings revolve around Afghanistan’s top and middle-order and help his side to good, fighting totals.
With a memorable series win against the mighty South Africans in their kitty, Sri Lankan cricket is finally seeing the rays of sunshine after a long and gloomy period that saw them record a miserable fall from grace. Lead by skipper Mathews, Sri Lankan country has been under good, able hands. Mathews’ ability as a player is of more importance to the side though. His lower middle-order tees off the bat have more than once ensured his side post good totals which accompanied with his seam bowling have helped his side full up some crucial overs while fielding.
Shakib Al Hasan
The spinning all-rounder will have to play to his utmost best if his side is to make it to the Super 4 of the tournament. His spin and contributions with the bat are needed desperately by Bangladesh in the group of death.
Coming up as a good fast bowler for Pakistan, Afridi’s spells will be of importance to Pakistan.
Making their debut in the Asia Cup after winning the qualifiers, Hong Kong is this Asia Cup’s biggest surprise package. For this gritty and resilient side, the main player is their teamwork and team effort. The entire team needs to come as once and ensure that equal contributions are made from all players and quarter in their endeavors to make a name for themselves as a cricketing nation among the biggest sides in the Asian sub-continent.
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