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Analysing Team India’s 2022 T20 World Cup Squad

India's Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma during the Asia Cup 2022
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The BCCI have named Team India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, and there are no real surprises in the 15-man contingent led by Rohit Sharma. The majority of the players selected for the recently concluded Asia Cup will be on the plane to Australia, with only two changes being the return of India’s two premier pacers, Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah. Patel and Bumrah missed the recent Asia Cup due to injury but will return to the Team India set-up for the T20 World Cup, replacing Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan in the squad.

 

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Most of Team India’s squad picks itself for the World Cup, with big guns such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya included in the team. However, some contentious decisions were made by the BCCI on the players on the fringes of the first XI.

Here is an in-depth look to see who made the cut to the Indian cricket team’s plane to Australia.

Two Wicketkeepers

 

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Although it isn’t a surprise India selected both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in the squad for the T20 World Cup, considering both players have regularly featured for the Men in Blue post-IPL, there were some murmurs of the former being left out. The biggest question surrounding Pant and Karthik ahead of the tournament will be who starts for team India at the World Cup. With the top four – Sharma, KL, Kohli, SKY – and all-rounders – Pandya and Axar – set in stone, there is only one more place in the batting line-up in the middle order.

Rahul Dravid’s team have been happy to mix and match the XI based on the conditions and opposition, but it will be interesting to see what team India favour in Australia. The left-handedness and spin-hitting of Rishabh Pant or the finishing skills and ability to take on the pacers at the death of Dinesh Karthik.

The Backup Batter

 

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There was a whole cast of players in contention for the role of the backup batter in Team India’s squad, including the likes of Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, and Rahul Tripathi. The player India eventually went with is Deepak Hooda, primarily due to how consistent the right-hander has been across various roles for the team since his debut. Hooda can feasibly bat anywhere from numbers one to six in the Indian batting line-up and also offers part-time off-spin as a seventh bowling option.

The Fourth Seamer

 

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Despite making his debut for India in July 2022, Arshdeep Singh has fast-tracked his way into the squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia. The left-hander was preferred over Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar for this role because of his utility across various phases of the innings. Shami and Chahar are primarily effective in the powerplay with their ability to swing the ball, but Arshdeep is equally impressive at the death overs as well, with his changes of pace and ability to bowl yorkers accurately.

The Third Spinner

 

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Having already selected leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and left-armer Axar Patel as the two primary spinners in the squad, India went with the off-spin of Ravichandran Ashwin as the third spinner in the group. Ashwin was preferred over Ravi Bishnoi due to the variety he brings. The off-spinner is the only bowler in the team who can turn the ball away from left-handers, and in addition to his value as a match-up option against left-hand heavy teams like South Africa, Ashwin is also the best defensive spinner in the squad and offers some batting depth at number eight.

India squad for ICC T20 World Cup

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.


Standby players: Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer

 

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