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Fans were enthralled after the thriller end to the India vs Pakistan game and deservingly so. The game was a low-scoring one but there was no lack of entertainment till the last ball. India get the points but they must be careful about their future games. Here is what we think about where India can improve : 

  • KL Rahul’s form

KL Rahul clearly needs more rest and conditioning before he is brought on for the big games. Rohit Sharma can have Suryakumar Yadav, or Virat Kohli as his opening partner. Rishabh Pant or Deepak Hooda can replace Rahul in the line-up for a middle order role. Given his recent form, Deepak Hooda seems to be a better pick and he can be a huge asset for the T20 world cup if he gets some exposure.

  • Pace battery

Swing king Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh were excellent for India. They took 7 wickets between them and choked Pakistan in both powerplay and death overs. Hardik Pandya was fabulous as well in the middle. Avesh Khan, however, seems out of form and given that the pitches will become increasingly dry, a spinner should replace him. Given that we already have a leggie in Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin coming in over Ravi Bishnoi would be more sensible. 

  • Virat Kohli

Virat seemed to be in good touch against Pakistan. He failed to convert yet another good start but it seems that his confidence is coming back to him. He has done well whenever he has opened with Rohit and I think that it may be the final fix for him. If he does well in the Asia Cup, there must be no doubt about his place in the T20 World Cup squad. 

  • Fielding 

Even though crucial and tough catches were taken, the Indian fielders were sloppy for quite a few deliveries. Fielding errors, even the small ones, can cost the team a lot. Going forward, special emphasis should be given to fielding in the training sessions

Hardik Pandya gave a complete all-round performance, and with Bhuvi's sublime magical touch, India has yet again defeated Pakistan in a high profile encounter. 

Bleed Blue! 

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Given the current political and economical crisis in Sri Lanka, the Asia Cup, originally to be hosted by the island nation, is now set to be shifted out to the UAE. In what would be a huge financial blow to Sri Lanka Cricket and the economy in general, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) have already begun preparations to shift the Asia Cup 2022 to the middle eastern nation. The tournament, set to begin on August 26 is however unlikely to be rescheduled.