For the Asia Cup, Kohli is back, but Bumrah is hurt.

India’s 15-man roster for the Asia Cup may have been the same one that would likely compete in the October–November T20 World Cup in Australia, except for injuries and players recovering from rehabilitation. Jasprit Bumrah, the team’s spearhead, is recovering from a back ailment, while T20 specialist Harshal Patel has yet to fully recover from a rib injury. As a result, the selectors picked a weakened three-man pace attack on Monday for the UAE competition. According to a BCCI media statement, the pacers are receiving rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

The return of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul is a major development for Indian cricket fans. After declining to play in the recently concluded T20Is against the West Indies and the forthcoming ODIs against Zimbabwe, Kohli is presently taking a vacation from the sport. After the IPL, Rahul did not play for India because he had a sports hernia procedure, and Covid further delayed his return. The two are anticipated to rejoin Rohit Sharma at the top of the order and work together once again.

But over the last nine months, India has tried to adopt a more aggressive, contemporary T20 batting strategy whenever Kohli and Rahul have been unavailable. Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, and Deepak Hooda are just a few of the opening players the squad has tested. Indian batting order flexibility in the Asia Cup will be closely watched by other sides.

Iyer and Kishan are not included among the squad’s 15 players. Iyer is on the reserve list, but, probably, he won’t make the World Cup roster. Hooda, on the other hand, has effectively argued his case for himself with an aggressive stance against spin and inventiveness against speed. His beneficial off-spin will take into account the sectors as well.

The middle and lower-middle order seems to be the most stable, even though some of the well-known people in the top rank have something to prove. Four of the five players—Yadav, Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Ravindra Jadeja—are expected to be in the starting eleven at all times. Each player chooses their team.