Asia Cup 2018: Kohli rested, Rohit Sharma to lead

Kohli’s workload was on selectors MSK Prasad-led selection panel’s mind which now has five members following Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda’s return

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Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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New Delhi: Rohit Sharma will lead the India team during the Asia Cup with regular skipper Virat Kohli being rested from the 16-member squad for the upcoming tournament. Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav have been recalled to the squad while Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul, who all featured in the squad for the England ODI series, are among the ones to miss out.

The tournament gets underway on 15 September with the final to be played on 28 September and features Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and a qualifier. India play their first match on September 18, just a week after the last day of fith Test against England.

Kohli’s workload was on selectors MSK Prasad-led selection panel’s mind which now has five members following Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda’s return. Before the England series, Kohli had missed his Surrey County stint due to a neck injury.

Selectors 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.”

Pandey was the highest run-scorer in the recent quadrangular series which featured ‘A’ teams from South Africa and Australia along with India A and India B. He led from the front in India B’s victorious campaign, scoring 306 runs in four games with one hundred and two fifties, and remained unbeaten in all the games.
Khaleel Ahmed, the 20-year-old left-arm pacer from Rajasthan, who has earned his maiden India call-up while the wait continues for Mayank Agarwal despite his rich vein of form.Kedar Jadhav has recover from the hamstring injury he had picked during the IPL and is back into the squad. MS Dhoni will once again be the lead choice behind the stumps with Dinesh Karthik taking the reserve spot.

India squad for Asia Cup 2018:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed

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