Asia Cup 2023: India's best XI among non-selected players
Some players failed to break into the Indian team for the 2023 Asia Cup to be played in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This listicle shows a team of 'could-have-beens'.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s 17-member squad for the 2023 Asia Cup on August 21, 2023. Jasprit Bumrah will travel along with the team as he is completely fit to play in the continental tournament to be played in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul, albeit a slight niggle, have also made a comeback in the Indian team for this competition.
Another player that succeeded in finding a spot in the continental competition was Tilak Varma. However, some names didn’t feature on the list and now it’s almost likely that those players might not get a chance to represent India in the upcoming World Cup 2023 as well. Ahead of the continental tournament, it’s time to know about those names who won’t travel with the Indian team to Sri Lanka.
Here is India’s best XI made from non-selected players of the Asia Cup 2023
1. Yashasvi Jaiswal
For Yashasvi Jaiswal, it’s been an amazing year as he ended up as the fifth-leading run-getter in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. He notched up 625 runs for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 14 matches at a magnificent strike rate of 163.61. Noting his efficiency with the bat in the marquee tournament, selectors picked him up for the West Indies tour to play Test and T20 International (T20I) series.
In the T20I series against the Caribbeans, Jaiswal scored 90 runs in three games at a strike rate of 157.89. He will travel to Hangzhou, China, along with the Indian team for the 2022 Asian Games. However, he won’t be part of the Indian team that will play the 2023 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.
Instead of Jaiswal, selectors have picked up Shubman Gill to support captain Rohit Sharma as an opener. In case of Gill’s unavailability, wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan could also don the role of the opener in the competition.