Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and now Deepak Chahar, Team India have already lost some key players ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022.
After lifting the prestigious T20 World Cup trophy in the inaugural 2007 edition, the Indian Team is still waiting for their second triumph for the last 15 years.
When the selectors announced the first 15-member squad for the mega event, it clearly looked like the strongest squad on paper. However, things don’t appear to be the same now.
Team India’s injury list
1. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja was the first key player to miss out from the marquee event as he injured his knee during the Asia Cup in September and had undergone a surgery.
Team management found his replacement in Axar Patel who’s bowled really well against Australia and South Africa, but he might not be able to give the kind of batting in the lower order as Jadeja does.
2. Jasprit Bumrah
The biggest shock for the cricket fans was yet to come as Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the World Cup due to a back injury after he played a solitary game against the Aussies.
Finding a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah is next to impossible as he’s arguably the best pacer in the shortest format.
Bumrah is one of the most difficult bowlers to get away in the death overs and does give the luxury of bowling in the powerplay and middle overs as well to the captain.
Mohammed Shami has been called into the side as his replacement, but it would be difficult for the bowling unit to be as penetrating without Bumrah as they were in his presence.
3. Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar returned to the international circuit after around 6 months and had a great outing against Zimbabwe and South Africa which led to the speculations of him being called as the replacement of injured Bumrah.
However, just after the first ODI against the Proteas, Deepak again sustained back and ankle injuries ruling him out of the T20 World Cup.
The CSK star bowler has a knack of taking early wickets courtesy of his ability to swing the new ball which could have proved to be crucial in Australian conditions.
The list doesn’t seem to stop here as Deepak Hooda too had sustained a back injury while Mohammed Shami was reported positive with Covid-19 after being announced as a reserve player for the World Cup.
Team India had a terrible outing in T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE, and they’ll be tempted to bring back their A game in the mega ICC event.
Considering the players that Indian team has already lost due to injuries, it’ll be really difficult to find the right combination right from the word go.
The Indian team is placed in the Group 2 along with Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh. The current form of Pakistan and South Africa will make the task even more tedious for Team India.
Would India be able to find the right combination and do well in the upcoming T20 World Cup??
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