After a grueling two weeks of intense competition, we stand on the precipice of the Asia Cup 2023 final, a monumental clash between the giants of Asian cricket, India and Sri Lanka. This marks their ninth encounter in the tournament's history, with India holding the upper hand having won five times, while Sri Lanka has claimed victory on three occasions.
A closer look at the key performers in the tournament reveals Shubman Gill as the leading run-scorer with an impressive tally of 275 runs. Hot on his heels are Kusal Mendis with 253 runs and Sadeera Samarawickrama with 215 runs. On the bowling front, Pathirana has been a standout, leading the wicket-takers chart with an impressive 11 scalps to his name, closely followed by Wellalage and Shaheen Afridi, both with 10 wickets each.
Both teams face their own unique challenges. Sri Lanka grapples with injury concerns, while India must ensure they field their strongest eleven. As we eagerly await the epic showdown, let's delve into the analysis of the best possible playing elevens for the India vs. Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 final. But before that, here are the official match details and squad information for both teams.
Match Details (Snippet) :
Tournament: Asia Cup 2023
Where: Colombo, Sri Lanka
When: September 17, 3 pm IST
Team India’s Best Predicted Playing 11:
Team India made significant changes in their Super 4 match against Bangladesh, a game that held no bearing on their qualification for the final. It was a strategic move to provide opportunities to players who had been warming the benches throughout the tournament.
However, India is poised to field their absolute best for the final showdown against Sri Lanka. Expect the likes of Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj to return to the playing eleven. Making way for these five would be Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, and Prasidh Krishna.
Given the nature of the Colombo pitches, which have favored spinners more than pacers, it's likely that India will opt for Washington Sundar, who has stepped in for the injured Axar Patel. This presents a golden opportunity for Sundar to impress the selectors, as an off-spinner is currently the missing piece in Team India's puzzle.
The lingering concern surrounding Shreyas Iyer's injury remains. It's apparent that Iyer has not fully recovered, which also led to his absence against Bangladesh. With India already possessing a settled combination, it's unlikely that they will rush Iyer back into action, choosing instead to rest him ahead of the impending World Cup.
Asia Cup 2023 India vs. Sri Lanka – Best Predicted Playing 11 for Team India:
Rohit Sharma (c)
KL Rahul (wk)
In the grand scheme of things, Team India aims to ensure they step onto the field with their best foot forward. While they may have experimented a bit against Bangladesh, including opting to bowl first and fielding only five bowlers, they are now poised to go all-in with their strongest lineup for the final showdown.