Shreyas Iyer returns to the India XI against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023, and Rohit Sharma opts to bat.

Shreyas Iyer has rejoined India’s playing XI after a five-month absence due to a back injury that required surgery.

Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam at the toss during India’s Asia Cup match against Pakistan at Pallekele.

India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the Asia Cup on Saturday. The high-octane clash was worried about the toss being delayed due to inclement weather, but the drizzle held off and the covers were removed in time for the toss.

India vs. Pakistan in the Asia Cup

Shreyas Iyer has returned to the India playing XI after a lengthy injury absence. He had a back problem that flared up earlier this year during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and required surgery. This will be his first international appearance since March.

“I never thought I’d be playing in the Asia Cup.” The recovery was gradual and consistent. I passed the fitness test one week before selection, which made me very happy. “I couldn’t sleep last night because I was nervous,” Iyer admitted before the match.

“The mood in the locker room is upbeat, and we’re looking forward to this game.” “I’m excited to play against these (Afridi, Rauf, Naseem) bowlers; my plan is to just watch the ball and play according to the situation,” the 28-year-old added.

Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj round out the seam bowling department in the India playing XI. Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have been assigned spin bowling duties.

In the absence of KL Rahul, who is still recovering from a thigh injury, Ishan Kishan will take over as wicketkeeper.

Pakistan had announced the day before that they would field the same team that defeated Nepal in the tournament opener. The Babar Azam-led side had defeated the minnows by a thumping 238-run margin.

“There is a bit of weather around, but I can’t think much about it,” Rohit Sharma said before the toss. You have to play good cricket, you have to embrace the challenge, you have to embrace the situation.”

“We took a break after the West Indies series.” Everyone in Bangalore was up for the drills and challenges. Let’s see how far we can get in this tournament. It’s a good tournament with good opponents. At the conclusion

Babar Azam admitted that they would have batted first as well. “We’ve played a lot of cricket here, so we’re familiar with the conditions.” Because top teams are competing, the Asia Cup is a success. We’ll try our hardest.”

“Doing well always gives you confidence; we’ll try to capitalize on that.” We’ll try to stay calm and composed in this high-intensity match.”

The pitch report indicated that there was more grass, which would benefit seamers and spinners while also benefiting a quality batter. A score of 260-270, according to Ravi Shastri, would be difficult.

India’s playing XI is as follows: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (w), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Siraj.

Pakistan’s playing XI is as follows:Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (w), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf.