On Monday, August 21, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed the Asia Cup 2023 squad. At the press conference, Captain Rohit Sharma and Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar discussed India’s potential World Cup team, the all-rounder situation, and Yuzvendra Chahal’s omission.
When asked about the absence of all-rounders in the current India squad compared to the 2011 World Cup winning side who had Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina chipping in with the ball, the Indian captain Rohit Sharma brought the house down with his hilarious response. Here’s what Rohit had to say:
“That was the team of 2011, they had individuals like that. You have to make do with what you have. We are giving those performers chances. We cannot overnight create someone who can bowl. All these guys are batters and they can score runs, that is why they are in the team. But hopefully [Rohit] Sharma and [Virat] Kohli can roll their arms over in the World Cup (laughs).”
The 2023 edition of Asia Cup is set to kick start from August 30, with Pakistan taking on Nepal in the tournament opener. India will kicks-off its campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on September 2 in Pallekele.
India Squad for Asia Cup 2023
Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya (VC), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Prasidh Krishna