Rohit Sharma has been named the captain of the team with KL Rahul being his deputy. The squad also marks the return of former India captain Virat Kohli and current T20 vice-captain KL Rahul.
While Kohli asked for rest after his string of poor performances, Rahul contracted Covid-19 at NCA while he underwent a recovery after sports hernia surgery in Germany
Jasprit Bumrah & Harshal Patel Ruled Out of Asia Cup 2022
However, India suffered a big blow as the star pacer Jasprit Bumrah and slow ball specialist Harshal Patel have been ruled out of the showpiece event owing to injuries.
While Bumrah is suffering from a back injury, Harshal has sustained a side strain, which has also put his availability in the T20 World Cup under the scanner.
Other Major Developments
Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav have also been rewarded for their imperious run of form in the shortest format of the game.
Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar form a pace bowling attack while Ravi Bishnoi, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will handle the spin duties. Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are the two wicket-keepers on the side.
Three players, nameless Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar have been named as standbys
India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022:
Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(Wk), Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (Wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Backup: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel.
Team India will begin their Asia Cup 2022 campaign against Pakistan on August 28 in a Group A clash in Dubai.