Thursday, October 20, 2022

Team Preview: India look for T20 Silverware again after 15 years!

India 15 Man squad for T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia

Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami.

Team India is coming in the T20 World Cup on the back of some impressive performances in the shortest format of the game. Although they couldn't make the finals of the Asia Cup but they defeated strong Australia and South Africa teams at home. They also won their warm up match against Australia.


Batting of the men in blue seems well settled with captain Rohit Sharma set to to open with KL Rahul. Kohli at 3 and the impressive Suryakumar Yadav at 4 give a formidable look to the top 4.

Hardik Pandya, DK/ Pant, Axar Patel complete the lower middle order.

Probably an issue there could be the lack of left handed batsmen in the line up. There have been concerns about the strike rate of Rahul as well but he's looked to correct that in the warm up games.


The bowling attack of India is under a lot of fire as Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out with a back injury while Ravindra Jadeja is also out with a knee injury. Shami replaces Bumrah in the 15 man squad and must have played himself in the starting XI after a stellar final over in the warm up match against Australia.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel are the other seam bowlers at hand. Chahal and Ashwin will handle the spin part of things with Axar a like for like replacement for Jadeja. Pandya has been bowling well too in the recent times.

Death bowling remains a concern for team India. Lack of pace from Bhuvi, lack of international T20 matches from Shami and indifferent form of Harshal Patel are all enough to give the management cause for enough concern going into the big matches.

India Fixtures T20 World Cup 2022

23 October: v Pakistan at MCG

27 October: v Netherlands at SCG

30 October: v South Africa at Perth

02 November: v Bangladesh at Adelaide

06 November: v Zimbabwe at MCG

India Probable Starting XI for T20 World Cup 2022

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal

Overall, India looks to be a side that has enough to reach the semi finals looking at their opponents but the bowling department needs to give a good account of themselves if India are to go any further. Batting looks too reliant on SKY right now to provide the much needed impetus with Rohit, Rahul and frequently Kohli take their time to settle in.

What do you think of Team India? How far will they reach?

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