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Should Struggling KL Rahul Be Replaced by Rishabh Pant in India’s Predicted XI to Play Hong Kong?

Will the management of the squad provide Rishabh Pant with an opportunity to play against Hong Kong? In the event that the southpaw is selected for the team, who will move over to create room for him? Is it going to be KL Rahul?

India won their first match of the 2017 Asia Cup against Pakistan by a score of five wickets on Sunday. On Wednesday, India will play their second match of the tournament against Hong Kong. The management of the Indian cricket team will continue to struggle with the selection conundrum because they were forced to keep some players who were performing well on the bench during the match against Pakistan, and not all of the players who were selected for the playing XI delivered the performances that were expected of them. The top two batsmen for India had a meagre contribution, with Rohit Sharma scoring 12 runs off 18 balls and KL Rahul being out for a duck off the opening delivery.

Dinesh Karthik was chosen to represent India in the high-stakes match against Pakistan rather than Rishabh Pant, who is often the wicketkeeper-batter for the team. Will the management of the squad decide to give Pant a go in the second matchup? In the event that the southpaw is selected for the team, who will move over to create room for him? Is it going to be KL Rahul?

The following players are projected to start for India when they take against Hong Kong:

While attempting to charge Pakistan spinner Mohammad Nawaz in the first round of the competition, Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian team, was out for the game with 12 runs after 18 balls. It would not be surprising to see Rohit get a big one with the bat.

Virat Kohli: Given that KL Rahul’s return to competitive cricket following his injury has been a forgettable one, the team management may decide to include Rishabh Pant in the playing XI in place of KL Rahul. In this scenario, Virat Kohli might open the batting. In the previous game, Kohli had hit 35 runs off of 34 balls, displaying some signs of his earlier, more dominant form.

Suryakumar Yadav, who bats right-handed, achieved a run-scoring average of 18 when playing versus Pakistan. While he was striving to speed up the scoring pace, Naseem Shah cleaned up his strokes, despite the fact that he had played several good shots.

Rishabh Pant (wicket keeper): The left-handed batter has a reputation for being a power hitter who is capable of altering the game’s trajectory single-handedly.

Dinesh Karthik, the wicketkeeper, did a good job behind the wickets before scoring an unbeaten one run off one ball against Pakistan. Dinesh Karthik scored an unbeaten one run off one ball. In the upcoming match against Hong Kong, Karthik will likely be looking to advance in the batting order.

Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder, has been performing at an exceptionally high level in recent times. After returning statistics of 3 for 25, Hardik subsequently struck the match-winning run without being out for 33 off of 17 balls to lead India to victory.

Ravindra Jadeja, a southpaw bowler, did not take a wicket while bowling against Pakistan, but he did not waste any runs in his two overs of work. During this time, Jadeja hit 35 runs off of 29 balls, forming an important partnership with Hardik for the fifth wicket that was worth 52 runs.

In the match against Pakistan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a right-arm bowler, bowled four overs and was responsible for four wickets while also allowing 26 runs. In the forthcoming matches, India would anticipate him maintaining the same level of play as he did previously.

Avesh Khan, the right-arm bowler, had two overs in which he allowed 19 runs to be scored while taking one wicket, which was that of Fakhar Zaman. In addition to achieving a higher wicket total, Avesh should strive to bowl an economical period.

Yuzvendra Chahal: The leg-four spinner’s overs against Pakistan resulted in no wickets when he was on the field and he allowed 32 runs to be scored. In the upcoming encounter against Hong Kong, Chahal will attempt to collect a number of wickets.

Arshdeep Singh, a left-arm bowler, was successful in taking two wickets against Pakistan; nevertheless, it was his level of maturity and composure when bowling under pressure that was most impressive.

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