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Yash Dhull to captain India A in Emerging Asia Cup.

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Yash Dhull to captain India A in Emerging Asia Cup.

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Yash Dhull, the talented cricketer who had been ignored for the Duleep Trophy due to a disappointing first-class season, received a remarkable boost on Tuesday. He was named the captain of the India A team for the upcoming Emerging Asia Cup One Day tournament in Sri Lanka. The tournament, scheduled to take place from July 13 to 23, will primarily feature U-23 players, as is customary for Emerging tournaments. Dhull’s deputy for the tournament will be Abhishek Sharma, the captain of Punjab’s Ranji team.

The India A squad is filled with promising players who have already made their mark at the state level. Some players, like Prabhsimran Singh, have even achieved significant milestones in the Indian Premier League (IPL), having scored centuries. The wicketkeeping responsibilities will be shared by Prabhsimran and Dhruv Jurel, who showcased their skills as finishers during their limited opportunities as “Impact Players” for the Rajasthan Royals.

One of the standout selections for the squad is Harshit Rana, a pace bowling all-rounder from Delhi. Rana impressed everyone with his speed during the IPL, and he recently scored his maiden first-class century on his Duleep Trophy debut. Despite a poor second Ranji season, Yash Dhull’s inclusion in the squad demonstrates the selectors’ belief in his long-term potential and talent. They are keen to ensure that the 20-year-old Delhi Capitals batsman does not fade away from national selection considerations.

The selectors have also shown faith in Riyan Parag from Assam, who had a mixed performance for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. While he may not have lived up to expectations, the selectors are focused on recognizing raw talent rather than being swayed solely by recent performances.


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Abhishek Sharma, the deputy captain, has been in excellent form for both Punjab and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The selectors have also rewarded domestic performers like Nikin Jose from Kerala, Nishant Sindhu from Haryana, Pradosh Ranjan Paul from Tamil Nadu, and the highly exciting B Sai Sudharsan.

In terms of fast bowlers, the selectors have prioritized pace and included bowlers who can consistently clock speeds of 135 to 140 kilometers per hour. Harshit Rana, Yuvrajsinh Dodiya from Lucknow Super Giants, Akash Singh from Jharkhand, and Rajvardhan Hangargekar from Maharashtra have made the cut based on their impressive performances.

The tournament format consists of two groups. India A is placed in Group B alongside Nepal, UAE A, and Pakistan A. Group A comprises Sri Lanka A, Bangladesh A, Afghanistan A, and Oman A. Notably, Nepal will field its senior team for the tournament. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals, scheduled for July 21. The first semi-final will feature the Group A topper against the second-placed team from Group B, while the second semi-final will pit the Group B topper against the second-placed team from Group A. The tournament will culminate with the final on July 23.

The India A squad for the tournament includes Sai Sudharsan, Abhishek Sharma (vice-captain), Nikin Jose, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, Yash Dhull (captain), Riyan Parag, Nishant Sindhu, Prabhsimran Singh (wicketkeeper), Dhruv Jurel (wicketkeeper), Manav Suthar, Yuvrajsinh Dodiya, Harshit Rana, Akash Singh, Nitish Kumar Reddy, and Rajvardhan Hangargekar. The standby list of players consists of Harsh Dubey, Nehal Wadhera, Snell Patel, and Mohit Redkar. The coaching staff for the India A team comprises Sitanshu Kotak (Head Coach), Sairaj Bahutule (Bowling Coach), and Munish Bali (Fielding Coach).

The fixtures for the India A team in the tournament are as follows:

  • July 13: India A vs UAE A
  • July 15: India A vs Pakistan A
  • July 18: India A vs Nepal
  • July 21: Two semi-finals
  • July 23: Final

These matches provide a valuable opportunity for the talented young players in the India A squad to showcase their skills on an international stage. The Emerging Asia Cup One Day tournament promises to be an exciting platform for these emerging cricketers to gain experience and make a strong case for future national team selections.


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