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This Is Why Rohit Sharma 'Likely To Drop' Yashasvi Jaiswal From India's Playing XI vs Ireland

Jaiswal is doubtful for the opening game vs IRE [X]Jaiswal is doubtful for the opening game vs IRE [X]

On Wednesday, India will begin their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign with a high-voltage clash against Ireland. Led by Rohit Sharma, India showcased remarkable form in their only warm-up fixture, steamrolling Bangladesh by 60 runs. 

Meanwhile, as India prepare for their tournament opener, serious doubts loom over the participation of Yashasvi Jaiswal. So before the match begins, let's analyse and find out why the left-handed opener might not feature in this fixture. 

Underwhelming IPL 2024 performance

Yashasvi Jaiswal was expected to have a memorable IPL 2024 campaign, as he was high on confidence following a stellar series against England. 

However, the explosive southpaw let Rajasthan Royals down, amassing 431 runs at a modest average of 31.07. 

Although he struck a blistering ton against Mumbai Indians, his inconsistency cost the batter big time, raising questions about his selection in India's World Cup XI. 

Advantage of Kohli-Rohit at top

Rohit-Kohli might open for IND vs IRE [X]Rohit-Kohli might open for IND vs IRE [X]

Besides Jaiswal's underwhelming IPL 2024 run, India's team combination could pave the way for his exclusion. 

With the team management accommodating Rohit and Kohli as the anchors, India will likely make room for aggressive batters in the middle order. 

Therefore, being a top-order batter, Jaiswal might not make it into the final eleven, with Shivam Dube playing the enforcer's role in the middle order. His absence will also allow India's T20 batting maestro, Suryakumar Yadav, to bat at his preferred number three position. 

Jaiswal 'not' in India's plans?

Another incident that hints at Jaiswal's potential exclusion is his omission from India's playing XI for the warm-up game against Bangladesh. 

While the likes of Shivam Dube, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya got ample game time, Jaiswal wasn't even sent into the middle. 

If he was indeed in India's plans for the Ireland game, Jaiswal must've been given an opportunity to bat in the practice match. 

Considering all these factors, the potential exclusion of this promising youngster from India's tournament opener on Wednesday is a scenario that might unfold.