Bumrah, Siraj, and Pandya expected to rest; Iyer still uncertain

The Indian squad will use some of its reserves against Bangladesh in the 2023 Asia Cup after advancing to the final. It goes without saying, that the starting lineup versus Sri Lanka the other night underwent maybe four or five alterations. However, Shreyas Iyer is not likely to be one of them.

The middle-order batsman, who was forced to withdraw from the match against Pakistan owing to acute back spasms at the last minute, batted for about 20 minutes on Thursday morning at the team’s optional nets. It is unlikely that he will play against Bangladesh on Friday because Cricbuzz is aware that he is not yet 100 percent.

Given that KL Rahul has locked down his spot in the team, there is little likelihood that Iyer would be tested in the championship game if he were to miss the game, which is most likely to happen. The three-match ODI series against Australia later this month may be his only opportunity to play. 

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, the two pacers who have played in each of the Asia Cup’s four games so far, are expected to be rested, which could result in some substantial XI changes. The club administration has made it clear that they want to give Bumrah, who just returned after a 10-month hiatus, some time off so he can handle his workload. The management, particularly Mohammed Shami and Prasidh Krishna, wants to give two other pacers a break, which is a more important factor.

Both are anticipated to participate, exactly like Shardul Thakur, who was benched for the previous game in favor of Axar Patel. The team’s management might also think about benching Hardik Pandya. As a result, there have been three changes: Shami, Prasidh, and Thakur have replaced Bumrah, Siraj, and Pandya.

That belongs to the bowling category. There’s also a chance that the batting order will change a little bit, giving Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma either one or both chances. It will probably be Surya, who is a member of the World Cup team. If one of the top-order hitters, potentially even Virat Kohli, is ordered to sit out, it might not come as a surprise.

When asked about potential changes, Paras Mhambrey responded that the team is accommodating. “We have the chance to allow the remaining guys a chance to play. So it is undoubtedly open. Tomorrow (Friday), I believe the captain will make the announcement. We will see tomorrow, but it is a possibility because we have already qualified (for the final), the India bowling coach told the reporters on Thursday in Colombo.

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