Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin to miss Saba Karim’s match against Pakistan in the 2022 AFC Asian Cup

Saba Karim, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli

The former Indian national team chose Saba Karim as their Indian player who is playing the 11th round in the popular India-Pakistan match.

India will begin their AFC Asian Cup title defense when they meet Babar Azam and his men at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday (August 28).

The Men in Blues will be keen to avenge their opponent for defeating 10 wickets in last year’s T20 World Cup.

Saba Karim appoints Virat Kohli and KL Rahul in the top ranking for India against Pakistan

India under Rohit Sharma looks a much stronger side than the one that was dispatched in Dubai on October 24, 2021.

Karim appointed an experienced high ranker featuring Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul with Suryakumar Yadav likely to hit fourth.

My first order is Captain Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. I support experience to do well against a big team like Pakistan and also in an important tournament like the Asian Cup.

“Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, if they go through two or three good training sessions, I am sure they will be back in formation in time for India,” Karim said on Sports18.

Kuala Lumpur Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Kuala Lumpur Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. (Image: Twitter)

“Suriyakumar Yadav is a multi-dimensional player, I can keep him floating. I can push him up if the two holes they have are rackets so we say seventh or eighth.

He added, “In case it is required, I can also push him down the rankings because he is a player who can give me value in whatever number he hits.”

Saba Karim chose Rishabh Pant before Dinesh Karthik

Karim chose Rishabh Pant as the only goalkeeper in the team and brought down veteran player Dinesh Karthik. He also included Ravindra Jadega and Yosvendra Chahal as spinners in the team, while sidelining R Ashwin.

I look at four, five and six as floats. I’ll keep Rishabh Pant on hand. If I feel like I need to push the left hand at the top of the arrangement, I can do that too,” the former Indian goalkeeper stated.

Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik
Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik. (Image: Twitter)

“In my eleventh, I could only pick one share bat because I get KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. This leaves me the option of choosing only one player between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. I went with Rishabh Pant because he is the X factor in India.”

“R Ashwin is at 15, but I will play him at 11 only if I see that there are three to four players left in the opponent’s team. But as of now my two best starting lineup will be Ravindra Jadeja, because it gives me some runs, and the option to take the wicket is Yuzi Chahal”.

First playmaker Bhoveneshwar Kumar, Avish Khan and Ardeep Singh managed to make it into a decent speed division in the team against Pakistan.

India’s 11th team against Saba Karim against Pakistan in the 2022 Asian Cup: Rohit Sharma, Kuala Lumpur Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhoveneshwar Kumar, Avish Khan, Yozvendra Chahal, Yozvendra Chahal.

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