Team India will lock horns with Sri Lanka in a must-win game in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.
Notably, the Men in Blue lost their opening match of the Super-4 stage to Pakistan on Sunday. The thrilling contest went till the final over, where the Babar Azam-led side won by 5 wickets. After posting 181/7 on the board, India had a good chance to win the game, but Mohammad Rizwan‘s 71 off 51 balls and Mohammad Nawaz‘s cameo of 42 from 20 deliveries took Pakistan home.
Indian bowling received a lot of criticism from both fans and experts after the loss, and to now face Sri Lanka in a do-or-die encounter, the management would be looking to field the perfect XI. Speaking about the same, former India opener Gautam Gambhir has suggested one change that Rohit Sharma should make in the final XI of the Indian team.
Gambhir was of the opinion that Team India should drop leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal to make way for young pacer Avesh Khan. The cricketer-turned-commentator reckoned that since Ravi Bishnoi performed well against Pakistan and Chahal hasn’t bowled well in the ongoing tournament, the ideal choice would be to stay with Bishnoi and bring Avesh in place of Yuzi.
Notably, Chahal had ended up conceding 43 runs for just one wicket in his quota of 4 overs. On the other hand, Bishnoi looked in much control, having conceded just 26 runs from 4 overs, including a prized scalp of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam.
“Avesh (Khan) for (Yuzvendra) Chahal. Definitely continue with Ravi Bishnoi; he has done everything in this game. Chahal hasn’t bowled that well in this competition, so probably it is time to give Bishnoi a longer run,” said Gambhir on Star Sports after the match against Pakistan on Sunday.