India Triumphs in Asia Cup 2023 Preliminaries, Aiming for World Cup Glory

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India’s Performance in the Asia Cup: A Closer Look

A: Approach

  • India showed a refreshing approach to batting in the Asia Cup
  • They pressed the accelerator right from the start to end, especially against Pakistan
  • This batting template seems to have been set for the World Cup

B: Boom boom

  • Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness was a concern for India, but he proved his readiness to lead the pace attack
  • His absence had haunted India in previous tournaments, but he ran in hard throughout the Asia Cup
  • He is now ready to lead the pace attack in the upcoming World Cup

C: Comeback K(L)ing

  • K.L. Rahul made a strong comeback after a four-month lay-off
  • He scored an unbeaten hundred and has been appointed as the stand-in captain for the first two ODIs against Australia
  • The management and selectors have shown full faith in him

D: Depth

  • The management has focused on increasing the depth of batting by persisting with lower-order all-rounders
  • This gives India six bowling options and at least eight batters
  • This strategy is set to be continued in the World Cup

E: Efficiency

  • Kuldeep Yadav’s efficiency in picking wickets in the middle overs is a positive sign for India
  • The top four batsmen have been scoring runs consistently
  • If the all-rounders continue their good work, India will be a strong contender in the World Cup

F: Fitness concerns

  • Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel have faced fitness issues during the Asia Cup
  • Shreyas is expected to play in the series-opener against Australia, but his fitness is a concern
  • Axar sustained a muscle tear and missed the Asia Cup, while R. Ashwin’s addition to the squad complicates the situation

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