Asia Cup 2023 Highlight: India came into the Asia Cup 2023 with a number of questions about the makeup of their team. The preceding tour of the West Indies had seen a number of lineup changes, particularly in the batting order, which led to doubts over whether the team management knows who is going to occupy positions in the World Cup next month but at the Asia Cup, India was largely consistent with their teams. When changes were made, it was only due to injury or clearly to give players game time as was the case in the dead rubber game against Bangladesh, which was also the only match India lost throughout their campaign
It all came to a rather sensational conclusion with India decimating a Sri Lankan side who had lost just one of their last 15 ODI matches before the final. While there were instances of fielding gaffes and batting collapses, the fact is that India managed to bounce back from almost all tricky situations they found themselves and won their first major trophy since the 2018 Asia Cup.
Aisa Cup 2023 India has preferred Mohammed Siraj this year over Mohammed Shami and that was clearer than ever in the Asia Cup. Only one of these two could play with Jasprit Bumrah returning and the pitches in Sri Lanka largely suiting spin bowlers and it was Siraj that India went with. The 29-year-old repaid this faith by either being economical in the three matches he played in the run-up to the final or taking three wickets in the one match where batters took him for runs against Nepal.