India are placed in Group A of the Asia Cup along with Pakistan and Hong Kong. Rohit’s team will  play Pakistan on September 19. The top two teams from each group will enter the Super Four, from which the final two will meet in Dubai for the final on September 28.

If they can get past Pakistan, India have the potential to make the final. The last time India met Pakistan was the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, where Fakhar Zaman’s century and Mohammad Amir’s removal of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli inside nine overs won the title for Sarfraz Ahmed’s team. Getting through Pakistan’s potent pace attack is the key to India’s title chances in the UAE.

Probable XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 KL Rahul, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah