India started the Asia Cup 2022 on a good note. But lost its momentum in super 4. India consecutively lost its 2 matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Both had a nail-biting end, India did try their best but the opponents held their nerves better. The noticing point was India‘s inexperienced bowling lineup. Injuries did intervene in the Indians. A former Indian cricketer in a recent interview raised this topic in front media. He questioned India’s management for picking up such bowling combos and not choosing other players who have performed well for India in past.
Harbhajan Singh remarks on Indian bowling lineup in Asia Cup 2022.
Harbhajan Singh said,
” Where is Umran malik (150km speed) ? Why Deepak chahar (top quality swing bowler )wasn’t there ? Tell me if these guys don’t deserve the chances ?? Why Dinesh Karthik don’t get chances consistently?? Disappointing,”
He basically pointed out the negligence of team management. Even fans were concerned about India’s squad selection for Asia Cup 2022. Indian Selectors chose 3 main pace bowlers in the squad for Asia Cup 2022. They were Bhuvaneswar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Avesh Khan. Hardik Pandya was a fast bowler all-rounder in the squad. But Avesh Khan got ill and could not participate in super league matches. India does miss experience in the pace attack. Spinners tried well but could not manage. Seniors fast bowlers like Bumrah and Shami were rested for Asia Cup 2022. Deepak Chahar was kept as a standby player. It can be marked out that team management should have included more pacers in the squad to replace players if someone gets injured. New pacers who did well in IPL and domestic tournaments could have included players like Umran Malik, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and so on.
Umran Malik is also the pace factory of the Indian team. He can bowl at 150+ speed. He is a young talent. He had a good IPL performance this year. Mohammad Siraj is also a good option. He has a good variety of bowling deliveries and also has international experience. Shardul Thakur could have been a good option. He could have given all-round performances as he bats and bowls well. He can play good cameos while batting. Deepak Chahar who was kept on standby players was a good option. He can bowl swinging deliveries and could have been an asset along with Bhuvi in initial overs. In crucial times he has also played good knocks with the bat. So he might play as an all-rounder. He too have significant experience on international stages.
Harbhajan Singh also reacted to why Dinesh Karthik is benched and Rishabh is given chance despite his low run tally. He can play the role of a finisher and has a lot of experience.
Indian Asia Cup Squad 2022
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
With the defeat to Sri Lanka, India’s chances of making it to the final have taken a major. However, the team does retain a small chance of making it to the summit clash, provided other results go their way.