Asia Cup 2018: This is what Ambati Rayudu said about the absence of Virat Kohli in the team

XtraTime Web Desk: Indian cricket team’s Ambati Rayudu feels that India have good bench strength to win the Asia Cup in the absence of their regular skipper & run machine Virat Kohli.

The defending champions won’t get the service of Kohli as the BCCI has given him rest after a hectic England tour. In the absence of Virat a lot will be depending on MS Dhoni this time.




Obviously he (Virat) is a big miss and loss to the team. However, we still have enough quality in the team to go out and win,” the 32-year-old told the media during India’s training session at the ICC Academy on Saturday night.

As per Rayudu it was frustrating to miss out the tour of England but he is happy now that finally he back and he is well aware that there will be a tough competition to get a chance in the playing XI.




“It was frustrating to miss out on the England tour but I am happy that I could make a comeback to the Indian team,” he said. “To be very honest, I have not really thought about it (competition) in that way. It’s just an opportunity to go out and play my best game,” added Rayudu.




Their arch rivals Pakistan has come to UAE after registering a 5-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe and they have a pacer like Mohammad Amir. Rayudu feels that they will be fully ready before facing Pakistan on September 19.




“The preparation for that game is going on and now we have a new coach to prepare for the left-armers. Hopefully, we will be prepared for them,” concluded Rayudu.

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