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Asia Cup 2018 - UAE (September 2018)

Discussion in 'International Tours and Events' started by Villain, Apr 12, 2018.

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Who do you think will win the Asia Cup 2018?

Poll closed Sep 29, 2018.
  1. India

    60.0%
  2. Pakistan

    22.9%
  3. Sri Lanka

    2.9%
  4. Bangladesh

    5.7%
  5. Afghanistan

    8.6%
  6. Hong Kong

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. sawsibk Mystery Monarch

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    Virat is batting well, but lacks captaincy. Virat always follow MSD when it's come to crucial captaincy decision in the field, without MSD Rohit can handle this presure. Batting is not an issue. Virat is a doer, but Rohit is a watcher. In Captaincy watchers are the real leader.
     
  2. zwarrior Staff Member

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    • I am actually confused between DK and Rayudu. Surely we cannot include both of them in playing XI. I prefer Rayudu over DK as I don't think DK can score big which is necessary if you play at #4.
    • Regarding Dhoni, I am on the same opinion as you are. Aalay has written exactly what I think about Dhoni in previous page. He is in the team only for his wicket keeping and to help the captain on field. His batting is no more reliable and I feel even if he bats at #4 which many people like to see, he won't score big.
    • As Aalay said, Jadhav has sealed #6 spot. I am impressed with him. He will bowl 5-6 handy overs and in multiple occasions, he has picked up crucial wickets which has turned the match. He can slog hard and his batting is pretty good. So, I feel Jadhav should bat at #6 in WC and we should continue with him.
    • For #4, it should be between Rahul, Manish and Rayudu. I strongly feel we should go with one of them as they can score 100s unlike DK whom I feel we can extract maximum 50 runs. If top order fails, we need someone who can score big and it's one among these guys who can do that. I think Rayudu will get a nod ahead of Rahul and Pandey.
    My lineup would be

    Dhawan
    Rohit
    Kohli
    Rayudu/Rahul/Pandey
    Dhoni
    Jadhav
    Pandya/Jadeja
    Chahal/Jadeja
    Kuldeep
    Bumrah
    Bhuvi

    I will keep Khaleel as backup over Kaul/forgot the other player's name as I am impressed with his bowling in this tournament. Hope selectors include him for future series too against Windies and whoever we are playing against. And I see many people picking Kohli to bat at #4 to stable the middle order but I believe he should bat at #3 always. The more balls he faces, the better it will be for team.
     
  3. asprin Staff Member

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    I think one major positive of this tournament has been the team totals hovering around 220-270. Felt like the late 90s and early 2000s. It was a refreshing change from seeing teams score 300+ on a regular basis.

    From India's perspective:
    • Rohit Sharma has probably staked claim for ODI captaincy. I do not see it happening in the near future as I do not see either Kohli stepping down or the Board doing something about it, but it's gonna happen for sure.
    • Barring the opening combination, rest of the batsmen appear fragile. It's a big worry. Of course, Kohli would come back, but still no.4,5,6,7 are an issue.
    • Bowlers have performed reasonably well. That Bumrah's yorker to Rubel in the Final was orgasmic.
    • What's up with Kedar Jadhav and injuries? How can someone be so brittle?
    • Bhuvi's form is a huge plus point
    • DK seems to be in danger now. No real contribution from him.
    • MSD's batting is again a big concern, but he should be able to keep his place in the side for other reasons
    • Khaleel looks promising, still very early to make any judgement though
    • Jadeja seems to be more consistent with his batting now with those handy 20s
    Overall, a successful tournament for India.
     
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  4. SaiSrini ICC President

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    This interview of Rohit Sharma (post Asia Cup win) further confirms why he should be India's full time captain, ahead of Virat Kohli. Especially this paragraph -

    You can just see the thought process here. Rayudu and Karthik were given a good run in this tournament and batted well for the team. They might not have gotten huge runs, but considering that the pitches this tournament were mostly very tricky, they batted for the situation and helped the team win. Also for that dead rubber game, Rohit just went full monty and dropped almost all the frontline players, including himself, so that the bench gets the much needed game time. I'm pretty confident that if Kohli was captain, he would've said "oh we need to treat every game as a must-win and so we should not be dropping too many players".

    Kohli is still a great batsman (TBH, I am proud of his batting and the way he overcame the England conditions to have a fantastic series) but I seriously think India would be best served to have Rohit as full time captain and Kohli as the premier batsman. In tests, it should be Rahane with Pujara or Ashwin as vice captain.
     
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  5. LiveLoveABD Panel of Selectors

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    My team-

    Rahul
    Dhawan
    Kohli
    Rohit (c)
    DK (wk)
    Pandya
    Jadeja
    Bhuvi
    Kuldeep
    Bumrah
    Chahal
     
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  6. abhi_jacko Chairman of Selectors

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    MSD's career graph is starting to remind me of Ganguly's graph now. By the end, dada had started struggling with his batting and with the changing game. He would struggle to get off the mark and rotate strike at will putting the batting lineup under pressure. And yet he was still the best mind we had for the captaincy role and we as fans almost wished that he could ghost captain the team while vacating his spot in the lineup for someone else to score runs. It's eerily similar.

    Nothing wrong in how he played in the final. But the MSD of good old days would have stuck around till the end and finished the game (with ease)
     
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