Who can forget Team India’s troubles in T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE ??
A tournament where Team India couldn’t qualify for the semi-finals while getting knocked out by Pakistan and New Zealand in the group stage.
Indian Team couldn’t find the perfect XI which hurted them badly in the mega tournament.
Just a year has passed, and we’re now looking towards the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
The tournament is just two months far and the team has got some concerns before they enter into the tournament.
Let’s have a look at them…..
1. Injury Concerns.
KL Rahul, the vice-captain of Indian Team, hasn’t played a single game after IPL 2022.
He is a key component for the side in the shortest format and his injury can create a major loophole in the combination of the side.
However, he has been selected for the ODI series against Zimbabwe and would be keen show his form and fitness before the World Cup begins.
Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel have also sustained minor injuries due to which they have been ruled out of the Asia Cup.
Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar too haven’t played a single game after the IPL which puts a question mark over their selection as well.
2. Issue with form of Key Players.
There has been a constant debate over Virat Kohli‘s form in the last two years.
Team India, badly needs the man of Virat Kohli’s caliber to lift this prestigious trophy which might ne really difficult if Virat doesn’t fire in key games.
Rohit Sharma too has some issues with his form and fitness.
While he has done pretty fine in the recent games but wasn’t able to hit a single 50 in the recently concluded IPL.
He has missed a few games recently due to fitness issues too.
There has also been a debate over Ravindra Jadeja‘s form with the ball in the recent past as he’s leaking way too many runs in the shortest format.
3. Dilemma with the combination.
Team India will look to open with the tried and tested opening combination of Rohit & Rahul.
However, KL Rahul’s injury has made the situation chaotic.
In his absence, they’ve tried Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant as the second opener.
Virat Kohli always remains an opening candidate too.
This will put the selectors and captain into some serious debate before they decide the back-up opener in case Rahul is not 100% fit.
While Yuzvendra Chahal is in a purple patch after being missed out in the T20 World Cup 2021, the team is still looking at options for the back-up spinner.
Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin have done pretty well in the limited opportunities that they’ve got, but still the place for second spinner hasn’t been cemented yet.
Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the seam attack. However, the team would be keen on selecting a third pacer considering Australian conditions.
Earlier it looked like Harshal Patel would certainly be the third pacer going into the World Cup, but his injury has given opportunity to young pacer Arshdeep Singh.
Arshdeep was named the Man of the Series in the recently concluded series against West Indies.
Avesh Khan is also in the contention while there’s some debate going on in Mohammad Shami‘s favor as well.
India couldn’t do well in the last T20 World Cup as they couldn’t find the right combination and due to their overcautious approach.
At present almost 12 players have certainly booked their slot for the World Cup squad.
There’s still some questions about the remaining 3 slots which includes third pacer and back-up spinner.
Would India be able to find the right combination and do well in the upcoming T20 World Cup??
Do tell me in the comment box….
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