NEW DELHI: India’s run-machine Virat Kohli was given rest for India’s final Asia Cup ‘Super 4’ encounter against Bangladesh on Friday. Given that the match was a dead rubber with India and Sri Lanka already confirmed as the two finalists, the team management opted to rest not only Virat but also Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj.
In their absence, the Playing XI against Bangladesh featured Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, who made his debut, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami and Prasidh Krishna.
During the match, Virat was seen in the role of drinks carrier for his teammates.
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Additionally, Virat had an amusing encounter with the Super-Sopper operator before the match against Bangladesh.
While he was standing near the boundary ropes, the groundsman playfully startled him by blowing the horn, nearly catching Virat off guard.
India face Sri Lanka in the
Asia Cup final
at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
The cricketing giants have 13 Asian titles (across T20s & ODIs) between them. India have seven Asia Cup titles to their name – 1984, 1988, 1990–91, 1995, 2010, 2016, and 2018.
Sri Lanka clinched the prestigious titles in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2014, and most recently in 2022.