India in Asia Cup 2018 – Strengths & Weaknesses
The countdown for the biggest ODI competition in Asia has already begun. As an avid punter you are surely excited about prospects of multiplying your investment in this tournament that promises to been keenly contested. All the five Test playing nations from the sub-continent have announced their squads for the six-nation tournament to be played at Dubai. The sixth team is still to be decided as we await the outcome of the Qualifier final between United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. India unarguably starts as favourites to win the tournament given the form they have shown in the 50-over game over the last two seasons. They are the reigning champions having won the last edition in Bangladesh and ranked No. 2 in the ICC ODI Team Rankings narrowly sitting below England. Read our Asia Cup schedule and don’t miss a match.
As your one-stop destination for all betting information we at Betting Top 10 always bring to you detailed predictions of upcoming games and offer you the most qualified betting tips that help you improve your odds. The team currently has the decimal odds of 1.83 to win the tournament outright. They have won 14 out of their last 20 games and have been winning matches in all conditions. As a part of this initiative we take a close look at India’s chances in Asia Cup 2018 by reviewing their strengths and weaknesses going into this tournament.
Without an iota of doubt the strength of the Indian team is in its batting line-up. They have one of the best opening pairs in the world in the form of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan who would relish the conditions and expected to pile up huge scores in the games. K L Rahul who has had a miserable tour of England in the whites is a different player in coloured clothing and showed this during the limited overs games in England. Hardik Pandya has been a sensation lower down the order and is just the kind of finisher every captain would want on his side.
India has a good bowling attack that can exploit the conditions well. In Jasprit Bumrah they have one of the best limited overs fast bowlers. He hits the deck hard and doesn’t give away much to the opposition. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have become one of the best spin bowling pairs in the recent years who keep the pressure from both ends. They would love bowling in these conditions where there would be lot on the pitch for the spinners. If the fourth and the fifth bowlers do well India has the resources to take on the opponents easily.
While Virat Kohli’s absence isn’t likely to hurt the prospects of the side it definitely means a big handicap for the team. He is not only an inspirational leader but also the most dependable batsman in the side and master of chasing totals. These aside there are few other areas that Rohit Sharma would be worried about. The first and the most obvious one is team’s middle order which hasn’t been in the best of form in the recent times. Indians are too much dependant on their Top 3 to deliver the goods and when they fail the middle order has shown its weaknesses. MS Dhoni’s struggle in rotating the strike as he has shown over the last couple of years can also cost the team in high scoring matches.
In terms of their bowling attack Indians have been struggling in the death overs. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah none of the other fast bowlers seem to have mastered the art of death bowling. Shardul Thakur struggled in England and it wasn’t the best of starts to his career. Hardik Pandya has a habit of giving away easy runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar isn’t the best person in the world with an old ball in his hand. If there is no swing and seam initially which is very likely on the hard baked wickets of Dubai Kumar and Thakur would struggle.
India definitely goes into the tournament as favourites and unless they underperform and show their nerves they are most likely to emerge victorious.