VIrat Kohli (L) and Jasprit Bumrah during a match. File
Bumrah did not tour West Indies after the trip to England ended on July 17 and was rested from the upcoming ODI series in Zimbabwe.
"Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel were not available for selection owing to injuries. They are currently undergoing rehab at the NCA in Bengaluru," said the BCCI in a statement.
Young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh has retained his place in the side after putting in impressive performances during the T20I series against the West Indies, where he was adjudged as 'Player of the Series.'
Kohli, who has been in a prolonged lean patch, returns to the side having last featured during India's tour of England in July and was rested for white-ball tour of West Indies and the upcoming ODIs against Zimbabwe.
Rahul also returns after a groin injury ruled him out of T20I series against South Africa at home. He then underwent a sports hernia surgery in Germany, ruling him out of England tour.
Rahul was set to return during India's T20I series against West Indies, but a positive Covid-19 test ahead of the tour meant he wasn't included in trip to the Caribbean. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal too returns to the squad after being rested for the five-match T20I series against the West Indies while there was no room for Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.
The BCCI also announced that Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and Axar Patel will be backup players for Asia Cup 2022. Asia Cup 2022 will be played in the UAE from Aug.27 to Sept.11.
The 15th edition of the tournament will be played between six teams, including a qualifier team. India enter the competition as defending champions and are also the most successful team, having won the trophy seven times. They opened their title defence against Pakistan on Aug.28.
India's squad for Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan Stand-bys: Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar
Team India’s poor form continued in the ODI series also against South Africa. The Indian team looked very ordinary in the Test and ODI. The same players who had turned the table in earlier matches for India, failed to even give their best.
"Virat Kohli is a good player and he has performed well against Pakistan. I have nothing against him but if Indians don't compare their players with Pakistan, then we shouldn't do that as well," he added.
The right-arm fast bowler is sitting out of the ongoing limited-overs series after missing the fourth and final Test against England due to his wedding preparations. Bumrah was granted leave by the Indian cricket board after he played the third Test in Ahmedabad.
Following the success of the first Smash Abu Dhabi badminton tournament, 316 Sports Services has given wings to promote the game in the UAE by opening the Port Badminton Center and 316 Badminton Academy.
This came during the stars’ visit to the club and the Asian Paralympic Committee, which has its headquarters in Dubai. The former players expressed their happiness with their experience, stressing that this visit will remain in their hearts and memories.
The TROJENA development is expected to be completed in 2026 and will offer outdoor skiing, a man-made freshwater lake and a nature reserve, according to the project's website.