Few could have predicted how Team India’s performance in the 2022 Asia Cup would turn out. The campaign was a total failure for Rohit Sharma’s team, to go directly to the point that has been raised. The squad utterly collapsed in the second round after a very promising first round. There were clear reminders of the last World T20, as the team seemed to be very weary, bewildered, and, of course, completely out of ideas.
India, a T20I squad known for its flamboyance, readily shrugged off the defeat, referring to it as a test match for the World T20. With only one week till the preliminary 15 are announced and all eyes on the crown, the attention is still on what the Indian think tank decides.
While the usual suspects are anticipated to fill the majority of the positions, fierce competition is anticipated for the open positions.
For the 2022 T20 World Cup, the following players will represent India: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, R Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Y Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, B Kumar, Harshal Patel, and Arshdeep Singh
Mohd Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, and Deepak Chahar are on standby.
The constant aesthetic Recently, Rohit Sharma has been in good form, and his magnificent half-century against Sri Lanka was legendary. Rohit was playing with the Lankans on a course that seemed to be hazardous. Rohit got off to a fast start in both of the Super Four matches against Pakistan before being dismissed on 28.
The Indian captain will be crucial because of his past history in Australia and his role as a vital player on the 3-0 victory squad against the Kangaroos in 2016. The top run-getter in the format has often emphasized the need to get out to a strong start and has kept his promise.
However, Rohit is a far more dangerous batter than merely someone who can get a quick 30. His statistics show that, if set, he can win a match by himself. Therefore, Rohit’s decision to proceed with caution rather than going all out would be ideal for India.
The position of second opener has been the subject of heated dispute, and to be honest, the front-runner, KL Rahul, hasn’t helped his cause. With the exception of the Super Four match against Pakistan, Rahul has been very drab and timid. Rahul’s own self-imposed limitations are what annoy me the most. Despite having every option open to him, Rahul always taking second place is perplexing.
Rahul should ideally not be in the starting XI given the makeup of the squad and the desire to start left-handed Rishabh Pant. Virat Kohli, who is always on the move, should start the match alongside Sharma.
Given his previous performance, the former captain is most prepared to begin and make the Powerplay count. Kohli is no pushover as an opener. At the top, Kohli and Rohit provide an ocean of certainty and destruction on their best days. Unquestionably, the two greatest T20I hitters of all time would form a perfect starting tandem.
Suryakumar Yadav has had the best success in T20 cricket in the number 3 position. Yadav must bat at position three since the Mumbai Indians star is unquestionably India’s finest batter and given the importance of that position. The scenario is set for Yadav at number three on Australian grounds with ideal bounce and taking into account his 360-degree style of play.
The fact that Rishabh Pant’s T20I career has been very subpar is now common knowledge. A strike rate of 126 in 57 games, with an average of 23, paints an absolutely dismal picture for a player who is so brilliant and is already an IPL icon.
Australia would have to be the one location where you would wager that Pant will succeed. Similar to Virat Kohli, Pant thrives on the Australian coastline. Supporting the Delhi Capitals skipper in the XI is a wise bet if one were to judge the youngster just on instinct and takes into account his spirited attitude.
The positions five and six are self-evident, with Hardik Pandya eliminating India’s greatest opportunity to win a second World T20 championship. The 2022 IPL champion skipper has reached the pinnacle of his career, and hitting above average has greatly improved his performance. Pandya is most suited for position number five since he can tee off from the platform designated for him.
Dinesh Karthik has played international cricket for 18 years and is aging like a fine red wine. Karthik is the only player from any squad still alive from the 2007 World T20 lineup, along with Rohit Sharma. With two Man of the Match honours this year, India’s designated finisher is essential.
Karthik as the finisher is a good option since he was crucial to India’s white-ball phase of the 2018–19 Australia tour. The Tamil Nadu veteran is a fan of speed off the bat and will unquestionably be India’s ideal finisher.
The guys in blue have been dealt a fatal blow by Ravindra Jadeja’s knee surgery. The renowned all-rounder would have chosen himself if he weren’t hurt. India, however, has a capable substitute who is eager to step in.
Axar Patel must get the start and fill the position of the all-around spin bowler. Axar will be essential for India because of his increased power hitting, which was recently shown in the West Indies. His lifetime economy rate in 25 matches is 7.34.
After dominating against South Africa and England, reality struck Bhuvaneshwar Kumar square in the face in the United Arab Emirates. The 19th over of both games, against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, saw the seasoned bowler, who was approaching the completion of a decade in international cricket, completely destroyed.
It is now very evident that Kumar is no longer the ideal death bowler that he once was. Therefore, the UP pacer may be used most effectively by specializing on powerplays. In the powerplay, Kumar should preferably bowl three overs. His potential to win India contests multiplies threefold if there is any swing available.
Even if there are concerns about Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel’s fitness, one anticipates that they will rejoin the starting XI. Each pacers have made great rehabilitation strides, and on Australia’s flat wickets, both must contribute their skills. Patel may not have previously visited Australia, but given his versatility, he is still a cushion to have on hand.
Bumrah doesn’t require any introduction since he is already the greatest bowler in all of cricket’s current forms. Arshdeep Singh must be considered the fourth pacer in the grand scheme of things.
The left-arm pacer is a superb death bowler and came dangerously close to two unbelievable last-over finishes. Arshdeep will only become more resilient as a result of these trying times, and the Indians must have a left-arm pacer like him on the team.
In this section, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi are neck-and-neck and engaged in a battle of the legs. Despite having less international experience than Chahal, Bishnoi performed well against Pakistan and is a solid alternative. Bishnoi has advantages against Chahal, namely his quicker speed. Chahal is still a completely one-dimensional cricket player since he hasn’t really improved on his speed variety. The leg spinner for the Rajasthan Royals is a complete failure at the plate and a liability in the outfield.
The decision for the additional bowler or batsman outside of the starting XI will be the most difficult. While you anticipate KL Rahul to be a member of the team, the other position is still open. There are a few deserving mentions, including possible contenders Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson.
However, historically speaking, teams have always performed better when they choose an additional bowler. An additional pacer is the ideal option, especially given the setting and previous T20I matches in Australia when batting has been the easier talent. The time has come for Deepak Chahar to make a comeback.
Chahar is the best back-up for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar despite not having played much recently. Additionally, the inclusion of Deepak Chahar in the bottom order gives someone who can tonk the ball with the bat quite often a much-needed buffer.
Deepak Hooda would be the finest fit among the reserves, painfully. Despite the fact that he hasn’t done anything wrong, the hard hitter would have to sit out due to the team’s balance. However, Hooda would be the first name to be added if a batsman were to go injured.
Sanju Samson is a player who can truly shine on Australian surfaces, and considering his stellar IPL performances against top-notch speed, Samson is the backup wicket-keeper.
Spinners are required as the ultimate reserve. Washington Sundar can unquestionably serve as that backup player, if he regains his full condition. R. Ashwin will act as the backup if the injured Sundar is unable to play.
Overall, India seems unrivaled in terms of talent. The question now is whether that potential really performs in crucial situations, something that has eluded the men in blue in previous ICC competitions. Will the silverware cabinet’s nine-year dry spell soon come to an end?
India’s 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup roster
|Rohit Sharma (C)||35||Batsman|
|KL Rahul (VC)||30||Batsman|
|Hardik Pandya||28||All Rounder|
|Rishabh Pant (WK)||24||Batsman / Wicket Keeper|
|Dinesh Karthik (WK)||37||Batsman / Wicket Keeper|
|Axar Patel||28||All Rounder|
|Harshal Patel||31||All Rounder|
|Deepak Hooda||27||All Rounder||Reserves|
Ideal India Squad: (In order of first XI preference)
- R. Sharma ( c )
- V. Kohli
- Suryakumar Yadav
- R. Pant (wk)
- H. Pandya
- D. Karthik
- A. Patel
- H. Patel
- B. Kumar
- R. Bishnoi
- J. Bumrah
- A. Singh
- Y. Chahal
- KL Rahul
- D. Chahar
- D. Hooda
- S. Samson
- W. Sundar / R. Ashwin