It was already clear that former skipper Virat Kohli would not play. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was expected to be the opener, is also not playing in the team. Coach Rahul Dravid had earlier said that Yashaswi will open with Rohit.
Team India is interested in left-right combination in the opening. Yashaswi was left out of the team due to a minor illness. There is a high possibility that India will make Yashaswi an opener in the World Cup as well. Yashasvi is a player who performs well on the power play.
The absence of Sanju Samson from the team has disappointed the fans. Sanju scored a century in his last match for India. The player scored a century against South Africa. However, the team management felt that it is better to include Jitesh Sharma than Sanju.
Sanju was not considered as a specialist batter either. There are no players like Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli in the T20 team. Still Sanju was not considered even as a replacement for them. Captain Rohit Sharma has not given any particular reason for not including Sanju in the team.
Afghanistan, who batted first in the match, scored 158 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Mohammad Nabi who scored 42 runs from 27 balls was the top scorer of the team. Mukesh Kumar and Axar Patel took two wickets each for India. Ravi Bishnoi, who replaced Kuldeep Yadav, conceded 35 runs in 3 overs. Shivam Dubey took a wicket.
India’s playing XI is as follows: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Tilak Verma, Shivam Dubey, Jitesh Sharma (wicketkeeper), Rinku Singh, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar
Afghanistan Playing XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket keeper), Ibrahim Zadran (captain), Rahmat Shah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najeebullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Fazalhaq Farooqui, Naveenul Haq, Mujibur Rahman.
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