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Rohit Sharma And Rahul Dravid On The Watch

Captain Rohit Sharma and Head Coach Rahul Dravid will be watched and commented upon once the Asia Cup starts against arch-rivals Pakistan at Pallekele on September 2. It has already begun with former India captains Sourav Ganguly and Irfan Pathan not agreeing with the non-selection of the orthodox leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for the Continental tournament. Chahal (33) has been competing with another wrist spinner but of the Chinaman (left arm unorthodox) variety in Kuldeep Yadav. The selection committee could have us all believe that Yadav is a better option with the bat after No 7 or 8 and that he is also a better fielder. Yadav has 141 wickets in 84 ODIs and he has been consistent this year taking 22 wickets in 11 matches at 17.18. He took 10 wickets in six matches of the 2018 Asia Cup (50 overs a side) in Dubai. The selection committee appears to have given the leeway to the captain and coach to pick the squad and for the first time Sharma will have a near full-strength team for a tournament. The only batsman who could not make the Asia Cup cut is left-hander Yashasvi Jaiswal, but he could be in the probables for the ICC Cricket World Cup in India in October- November. The Sharma- Dravid team has won 12 out of 17 ODIs. It could be a make or mar case for them over the next three months.