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Former cricketer’s scathing opinion after India defeat

India’s squad selection for the 2022 Asian Cup is in question following their back-to-back Super 4 defeats. After losing to Pakistan by 5 wickets on Sunday, Rohit Sharma and his boys were beaten by Sri Lanka Tuesday by 6 wickets. Both losses were suffered while defending the total which also revealed India’s ineffective bowling attack in the tournament. Additionally, the team’s chances of qualifying for the final now entirely depend on the results of the remaining matches.

The loss to Sri Lanka once again put India’s strategy behind the selection of the playing XI. The balance is already upset after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out with injury. In such a scenario, forming a powerful side with the available resources seems like a difficult task for the management.

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Former cricketer Eklavya Dwivedi shared some thoughts after watching the game against Sri Lanka. He felt that Rishabh Pant should open innings instead of batting out in the middle order. He also made a harsh remark about Ashwin, saying the off-spinner “doesn’t deserve a spot in the shorter format.”

“Hard truths:-

@RishabhPant17 is a waste of no. 5-6 in T20, it should open!

@ashwinravi99 does not deserve a place in the shorter format (carrom ball because the stock ball does not deserve international game time).

@yuzi_chahal had the right strategy. Persist with him,” Dwivedi tweeted.

Former UP captain Ranji also backed young pacer Arshdeep Singh who was on the pump for a lost hold in the Pakistan clash. Eklavya said the ongoing Asian Cup is nothing but a tester for suitable combinations and India must learn from the back-to-back defeats that cast doubt on their place in the final.

“@arshdeepsinghh is a rare talent. He will win us many matches.

“@ImRo45, @imVkohli, @klrahul need to think strategically about what went wrong. ICC tournaments are the litmus test. No point racking up points in irrelevant bilateral series if your team fails in ICC tournaments.

“In @BCCI’s defence, Asia Cup is nothing but a tester of suitable combinations. An ousting here is nothing but a learning curve, which puts the Indian team in a better position for the next World Cup. If they adopt the right strategy, they will surely go for knockouts.

“There’s anybody’s tournament,” concluded Dwivedi.

On Wednesday, Sri Lanka chased a goal of 174 with the ball to spare. Kusal Mendis had the top score with 57 while his opening partner Pathum Nissanka and Dasun Shanaka contributed 52 and 33 steps respectively.

For India, Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets for 34 runs while Ravichandran Ashwin got one. Invited at bats India posted 173 for eight with captain Rohit Sharma leading with 72 from 41 while Suryakumar Yadav contributed 34.

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