Suryakumar Yadav turned 33 on Thursday. However, as a substitute of the birthday boy, a fellow Mumbaikar stole the limelight throughout India’s non-obligatory coaching session on the R. Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.
Shreyas Iyer had not left the crew lodge following a again spasm he had minutes earlier than the toss in opposition to Pakistan in India’s Asia Cup Super Four opener on Sunday. The fashionable batter, prime contender for the No. 4 place in India’s batting order, knocked a number of balls earlier than dealing with web bowlers for some time.
Shreyas’ return to the park, albeit not by way of being match-fit, was heartening. After all, in a match the place virtually all of the packing containers have been checked for India, his again flare-up, days after returning to aggressive cricket from surgical procedure, has been the one space of concern.
Despite his return to the follow area, Iyer is unlikely to be rushed over the past Super Four sport of the continental showpiece occasion. With the ultimate line-up having already been determined, Shreyas is about to be rested for India’s sport in opposition to Bangladesh on Friday.
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Not solely Shreyas, however India can even be tempted to relaxation Jasprit Bumrah and probably Hardik Pandya too, with an eye fixed on the large prize in November. After all, Sunday’s last will function nothing however a curtain raiser for the World Cup problem mendacity forward for Rohit Sharma and Co.
Including Friday’s match, with Bangladesh having misplaced the primary two and India having received each their Super Four ties, India has solely 5 ODIs earlier than the World Cup warm-ups start in direction of the month’s finish. As a end result, it is not going to be a shock if India opts to play a full-strength aspect. Still, Mohammed Shami getting gametime and Bumrah taking it simple are additionally essential with an eye fixed on the World Cup.
It will likely be attention-grabbing to see if India permits Suryakumar Yadav to have a good time his birthday a day later by resting a longtime batter. The selection between Axar Patel, who appeared rusty with the ball in opposition to Sri Lanka, and Shardul Thakur on the No. 8 slot will depend upon assessing the character of the pitch forward of the toss.
Bangladesh, in the meantime, will hope to finish yet one more forgettable Asia Cup marketing campaign on a excessive, by gorgeous India. However, the job will likely be far tougher than it seems, with Mushfiqur Rahim becoming a member of the lengthy record of unavailable gamers that has develop into longer by means of the course match.
The groups (from):
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Okay.L. Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Tanzim Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Litton Das (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mahedi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud.
Match begins 3 p.m.