It’s about time the Asia Cup 2018 starts and it’s already the current trending cricket series that everyone is looking forward to. The tournament is going to be competitive like always, with the neighboring nations playing tough and aggressive cricket and won’t let the opponent get away with an easy victory.
This edition of the Asia Cup will be ODI format based unlike the previous T20 based tournament, as the ICC announced that the tournament format will depend on the basis of the respected ICC tournament being played next year.
After a hard-bitten test tour of England where India came close to victories but unfortunately managed a score line of 4-1, this tournament can bring back the good fortune for the Indian Cricket Team. The important question is – Will India defend the title under the absence of run machine, Virat Kohli?
India is the most successful team in this line-up with 5 ODI titles and 1 T20 title. Not to mention, the success rate for Rohit Sharma as a captain is very high. With Virat Kohli not in the side, there’s a huge opportunity for the top 3 batsmen to capitalise and score big. After looking at KL Rahul’s knock in the final innings of the 5th test against England, seems like he’s already prepared for his role in this tournament. MS Dhoni’s expertise will be back for India and create a huge impact in all the departments as well as provide successful reviews for India! The new spin twins – Chahal and Kuldeep will be rubbing their hands and waiting eagerly to be back bowling on the spin – friendly conditions.
The only worry for India will be the no. 4 batting position which has a lot of potential batsmen to utilise but still not successfully accomplished. The no. 4 batting position, which was a happy headache for India at one point of time, will now be an important factor that will decide the fate of most of their matches, ahead of the World Cup next year.
More than the Asia Cup, it’s the Indo – Pak rivalry that will be back in action after a long time. Rohit Sharma vs Mohammad Amir will also be a contest to watch out for, with the Indian opener struggling against the left arm pacer.