India’s Best Playing XI for Asia Cup 2023 

India's Optimal Playing XI for Asia Cup 2023
India's Optimal Playing XI for Asia Cup 2023 (Source: India National Team Official Instsa)

India’s squad for the Asia Cup 2023 has been marked by a lot of comebacks. As the Indian team gears up for the cricketing extravaganza, all eyes would be on KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah who are making a comeback after ages. The upcoming tournament holds significant importance as it not only provides a testing ground for the Indian team’s readiness for the World Cup but also promises solutions to India’s middle-order concerns. This article delves into the lineup that India could field to conquer the Asia Cup 2023, highlighting key players and potential strategies.

Indian Squad for the Asia Cup 2023

Player Role
Rohit Sharma (captain)Right Hand Batter
Virat Kohli Right Hand Batter
Shreyas IyerRight Hand Batter
KL Rahul Wicketkeeper Batter
Shubman Gill Right Hand Batter
Suryakumar YadavRight Hand Batter
Tilak VarmaLeft Hand Batter
Ishan KishanWicketkeeper Batter
Hardik Pandya (vice captain)Right Hand Batter/ Right Arm Fast Bowler
Ravindra JadejaSlow Left Arm Bowler/ Left Hand Batter
Axar Patel Slow Left Arm Bowler/Left Hand Batter
Shardul ThakurRight Arm Fast Bowler/ Right Hand Batter
Jasprit Bumrah Right Arm Fast Bowler
Mohammed ShamiRight Arm Fast Bowler
Mohammed SirajRight Arm Fast Bowler
Kuldeep YadavSlow Left Arm Chinaman Bowler
Prasidh KrishnaRight Arm Fast Bowler

India’s Best Playing XI for the Asia Cup 2023


The spotlight will be on KL Rahul as he takes on the dual responsibility of wicketkeeping and batting. His return presents an opportunity for the Indian team management to fine-tune his form and fitness ahead of the World Cup. Rahul’s presence not only addresses India’s wicketkeeping conundrum but also offers stability to the middle order, a long-standing concern.


At the top of the order, the dynamic duo of captain Rohit Sharma and the youthful Shubman Gill will lead India’s charge. With Rohit’s impressive international record, surpassing 10,000 ODI runs, he stands as the favourite to dominate the run-scoring charts in Asia Cup 2023. Gill, having accumulated the highest number of centuries for India this year, firmly secures his position as the second opener. Yet, the team possesses an alternative in Ishan Kishan, a talent equally capable and dynamic, ready to step up if needed.

Middle Order

The middle order becomes an arena for experimentation, boasting the likes of Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul. Kohli’s role as the anchor is pivotal once again, providing stability to India’s batting lineup. The return of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul from injury holds the promise of breaking through the middle-order inconsistency, a concern that India seeks to address during the Asia Cup. Hardik Pandya’s prowess as a finisher remains unquestioned, while Ravindra Jadeja’s flexibility as a floater adds further depth. 


India’s bowling arsenal is rejuvenated with the return of Jasprit Bumrah, forming a formidable pace attack alongside Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj. This trio’s synergy, long-awaited by fans, promises to be a game-changer. In the spin department, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav emerge as aggressive wicket-taking options. While Yuzvendra Chahal’s absence is noted, Jadeja and Kuldeep possess the capability to dismantle any opposition’s batting order on their day. In Hardik Pandya, the team finds its sixth bowler. However, as hinted by the Indian bowling coach, we may see Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli flexing their bowling actions if the team needs. 

This is what India’s Best Playing XI for the Asia Cup 2023 would look like: 

  1. Rohit Sharma (captain)
  2. Shubman Gill 
  3. Virat Kohli
  4. Shreyas Iyer
  5. KL Rahul (wicketkeeper)
  6. Hardik Pandya
  7. Ravindra Jadeja
  8. Kuldeep Yadav
  9. Mohammed Shami
  10. Mohammed Siraj
  11. Jasprit Bumrah

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