“The main question is whether the Asia Cup is simply India’s top three.” Why was Rahul included in the Zimbabwe tour if not to get in form? Things won’t be easy in the Asia Cup if you take it easy. Don’t dream of always keeping Pakistan under 150 and winning. India’s top three cannot easily score runs with freedom. Strykerate is bad. Why is this happening? The main reason is that they are starting to play after a long break,’ said Gavaskar.
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In India’s top three, Rahul, Kohli, Rohit and himself will enter the T20 World Cup. In this, the Rohit-Rahul opening partnership needs to score runs quickly. Rahul is back from injury break and has not been in form. Things are not easy for Rohit Sharma either. Rahul’s inability to score quickly puts pressure on Rohit.
Rohit is a quick scorer but the current pressure is backfiring him. Virat Kohli returned to the team after a month’s rest. Kohli’s problem is also the strike. Big shots are difficult to play consistently. India’s seniors are not capable of scoring runs as fast as the likes of Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya.
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The inability of India’s top three to score runs quickly puts pressure on the middle order as well. Rahul Rohit partnership should create partnership of 50+ runs in Powerplay. India’s middle order will sweat unless they can capitalize on the fielding controlled powerplay. In the current situation, the performance of India’s top three is not promising at all.
The performance of India’s top three against Pakistan will be crucial. If they fail to shine, India may end up in the top three. There are only days left to announce the T20 World Cup team. Therefore, the performance in the Asia Cup will be decisive for the players.