As India prepare to take on Bangladesh in the finals of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Friday, star commentator and cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle has picked up XI for the ongoing tournament. Six Indians, including Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayadu, have found a spot in Bhogle’s XI.
“If you pick five specialist batsmen, then four pick themselves. You want five bowlers or four bowlers then three pick themselves. And there has been hardly any all-rounders in this tournament. Look at the start of the tournament where you were looking at bowling all-rounders like Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan and Thisara Perera. And none of them did anything worthy of being picked. And so you need to start looking around…,” said Bhogle as quoted by Cricbuzz.
However, the big surprise for all the fans is the omission of veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni. Instead, Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has been picked as the wicketkeeper-batsman. Dhoni has managed to score just 41 runs in three matches which included a duck against Hong Kong in the ongoing tournament.
“You at a historical team of all the players in this and the first name that goes into this is MS Dhoni. But in this tournament, he hasn’t had a lot to do simply because India’s batting has been so good,” Bhogle explained.
Mushfiqur has been in stupendous form in the ongoing edition of the biennial tournament. After scoring a breathtaking 144 to help Bangladesh defeat five-time champions Sri Lanka in the group stage, he came out with a brilliant 99 against Pakistan to help his team set a summit clash date with favourites and defending champions India. The Bangladeshi batsman is currently sitting at the second spot in the list of highest scorers in this edition of the Asia Cup. In the four matches he has played for Bangladesh, Mushfiqur has scored 297 runs at an average of 74.25.
Harsha Bhogle’s XI for Asia Cup 2018: Dhawan, Rohit, Rayudu, Mushfiqur, Malik, Nabi, Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Rashid, Mustafizur