Asia Cup Clash: Sanjay Manjrekar’s India’s Playing XI against Pakistan?

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India will go head-to-head against Pakistan on September 2nd, 2023, in the nearing Asia Cup held at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Sanjay Manjrekar nominates his preferred India’s playing XI for the much-awaited Asia Cup clash 2023 against Pakistan.

Manjrekar’s picks for the IND vs. PAK Asia Cup Clash?

The former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has nominated his ideal playing XI of India for the most eagerly approaching rivalry match between India and Pakistan held on 2nd Sep 2023 .The match day is within a week when Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma’s team will contend with Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s squad.

Sanjay Manjrekar’s choices for the pacers in India’s playing XI includes Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami, and all-rounder, Hardik Pandya. Furthermore, he selected his opening duo as Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. However, despite an injury concern, the former cricketer has included Kl Rahul in his squad as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

Talking to ESPNcricinfo Manjrekar stated

“My three seamers would be Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami. Hardik Pandya would be my fourth seamer. My spinners would be (Ravindra) Jadeja and Kuldeep (Yadav). My opener would be Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. No. 3 batter would be Virat Kohli. KL Rahul would play because he is the keeper”

Lastly, while selecting for the middle-order batting line-up, he said that either Shreyas Iyer or Tilak Verma could fit in the spot.

Manjrekar Further stated

“Either Shreyas Iyer or Tilak Varma could play [in the middle-order]. I am saying this because in India’s first-choice side XI, the first seven (six) batters, including Hardik Pandya, are all right-handers. Somewhere, India will have to fit in a left-hander in Tilak Varma. This is a problem India has”

Sanjay Manjrekar’s playing XI Indian Squad for IND vs. PAK.

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