India Playing 11 vs Pakistan– ICC World Cup 2023, Match 12. India take on Pakistan in the high-voltage ICC World Cup 2023 match in Ahmedabad on Saturday, October 14. The match starts at 2 pm and is the third game of the campaign for both teams. Pakistan are yet to beat India in World Cup history.

India are heading into this game on the back of consecutive wins against Australia and Afghanistan. They defeated Australia by six wickets and beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets. They are looking for a very strong unit at home.

Heading into this game, they have few selection headaches. Shubman Gill, who was reportedly down with dengue has started battling the nets. He is said to have batted a few hours at the nets in a bid to get himself ready for the match on the 14th. The management should ideally not rush with the youngster with Ishan Kisha proving that he is an able batter.

Given the importance of the game, India should also recall Ravichandran Ashwin back into the playing XI in place of Shardul Thakur who played the game against Afghanistan. Mohammed Shami should also replace Mohd Siraj in the playing XI after the latter proved to be very expensive in the match against Afghanistan. Siraj went for 76 runs at an economy of 8.40 The changes are more tactical as the inclusion of Shami and Ashwin can certainly bolster the batting attack.

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The IND vs PAK match was originally scheduled to be played on October 15 but was postponed by a day due to security concerns as stated by the local police. Bureaucrats from both BCCI and PCB are expected to watch the match from the pavilion.

India have won seven World Cup games on the trot against Pakistan in World Cup history and are looking to win their eighth. In this article, we predict India’s playing XI for the Pakistan game.

India Playing 11 vs Pakistan– ICC World Cup 2023, Match 12

Rohit Sharma (C)

Rohit Sharma
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Rohit will continue to open the batting. After a duck against Australia, he scored 131 off just 84 balls including 16 fours and five sixes, and decimated the Afghanistan attack breaking several batting records in the process. Rohit has scored 131 runs in just two matches. He has scored two hundreds against Pakistan.

Ishan Kishan / Shubman Gill

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Ishan Kishan should be preferred over Shubman Gill for the next game as the right-hander should be given more time to recover. The southpaw after a duck against Australia, scored crucial 47 runs against Afghanistan and added a 156-run stand with Rohit.

Virat Kohli

Shreyas Iyer
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Virat Kohli will bat at three. He scored 85 against Australia and surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of most runs scored in run-chases. He followed it up with an unbeaten 55 against Afghanistan. Kohli has broken into the top 10 run-getters in the tournament scoring 140 runs in just two matches. Kohli has scored three tons against Pakistan.

Shreyas Iyer

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Iyer was also out for a duck. He then scored an unbeaten 24 against Afghanistan and took his team to victory along with Virat Kohli. This knock should give him confidence going ahead in the tournament.

KL Rahul (WK)

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Rahul will bat at five. He is fresh off his unbeaten 97 against the Aussies and has been a consistent run-getter for the hosts at number five. His form in the tournament will be key for the hosts’ chances. He is the specialist keeper on the side.

Hardik Pandya

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Pandya will bat at six. He was at the other end with Rahul taking the hosts to a win against Australia. Against Afghanistan, he took 2/49 but did not bat. His all-round skills make the hosts a much stronger team in the competition.

Ravindra Jadeja

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Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

Jadeja will bat at seven. He took 3/28 against Australia and looked like the best bowler against Australia. He bowled an economical spell of none for 38 against Afghanistan.

Ravichandran Ashwin

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Ashwin will bat at eight. He played his part in the win taking 1 for 34 against Australia. He bowled all his 10 overs and dismissed Cameron Green. He did not play the game against Afghanistan but should be preferred over Shardul Thakur for his experience.

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah
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Jasprit Bumrah will lead the pace attack in this World Cup. He picked 2/35 against Australia. Against Afghanistan, he picked up 4/39. He will have a key role to play against Pakistan. He picked 18 wickets in the last World Cup.

Mohammed Shami / Mohammed Siraj

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Mohammed Shami [PC: BCCI]

Shami should be picked over Siraj as the former is more experienced than the latter. Moreover, Siraj was very expensive against Afghanistan going for 76 runs in his spell. He can be given a break in this game.

Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav
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Kuldeep Yadav concludes the hosts’ likely playing XI against Pakistan. He is the third specialist spinner in the XI. He took 2/42 and 1 for 40 in the two games that he has played so far. Kuldeep has rediscovered his bowling mojo.

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