Why Hardik Is Not Playing: There was a surprise in store at the toss of the India-Hong Kong match in the Asia Cup, as captain Rohit Sharma announced that Hardik Pandya was not included in the XI.
There was a surprise in store at the toss of the India-Hong Kong match in the Asia Cup, as captain Rohit Sharma announced that Hardik Pandya was not included in the XI. Hardik was the ‘Player of the Match’ in the clash against Pakistan as he contributed with both the ball and the bat to take his team over the line. However, against Hong Kong, Rishabh Pant made a comeback while Hardik was rested.
After Hong Kong captain Nizakat Khan won the toss and elected to field, Rohit gave his details about the playing XI and the match.
Rohit said, ‘We would have bowled earlier also. “I believe it will be a good track and we need to bat well to get a good score. We don’t want to see too much in the opposition. Want to play fair and tough cricket. For us, it is about coming out and doing everything (importantly our core) right, which we did against Pakistan. Just one change: Hardik is comforted about how important he is to us. Rishabh Pant is in.
“Rishabh was not part of the playing XI against Pakistan.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik(w), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Hong Kong (Playing XI): Nizakat Khan(c), Yasim Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie(w), Zeeshan Ali, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Ayush