The India squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2022 has been announced by BCCI on Monday and the tournament will commence on next month.
The qualifier matches of the quadrennial multi-nation event will commence on October 16 and a total of 45 matches will be played during the tournament. The T20 World Cup final will take place on November 13 at The Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia will host the T20 World Cup this year. India will play their tournament’s opening match on October 23 against Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
India Squad for T20 World Cup 2022
Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, R Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Y Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel, B Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players: Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
Rohit Sharma will lead the 15-men Indian squad for the T20 World Cup. K.L. Rahul will be his deputy. Former captain and hero of the 2014 World Cup Virat Kohli will also be part of the team. With his outstanding performance in the previous matches, Suryakumar Yadav also secured his place in the squad. Both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik will serve as wicket keepers. Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, R. Ashwin, and Harshal Patel will be available as all-rounders. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, and Yuzvendra Chahal are listed in the bowling line-up.
The veteran pacer Mohammad Shami has been named among the four standby players. Others are Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, and Deepak Chahar.
Group Matches in T20 World Cup 2022
The World Cup 2022 is a 16-team tournament and all the teams face one another once in the single chase. The teams are divided into two groups and India belongs to Group 2 which includes teams Pakistan, South Africa, and Bangladesh.
In Group 1, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Afghanistan are included. Two more teams will add to each group later after the qualifier round.
In the qualifier round, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Namibia, and United Arab Emirates will play each other in Group A. Ireland, Scotland, West Indies, and Zimbabwe are part of the Group B qualifier. After the qualifier, the top two teams from each group will join the Super 12 ground.
The host, Australia, is the defending champion of the tournament. In the T20 World Cup 2021, Australia defeated New Zealand in the finale by 7 wickets to win their first-ever T20 World Cup title.
India won the T20 World Cup once in 2007 and India beat Pakistan in the final by 5 runs. Also, India was the runner-up in the 2014 T20 World Cup and India lost the title against Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. But in the 2021 World Cup, India lost a match to Pakistan, the first ever in a World Cup, and India couldn’t make the semi-finals.
Recently India has shown poor performance in Asia Cup 2022 as they couldn’t even reach to the finals. Men in Blue led by Rohit Sharma lost back-to-back matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4 Round. Sri Lanka won the 2022 Asia Cup title after defeating Pakistan in the finals.
The upcoming T20 series against West Indies and Australia will give an exact idea about where the team stands as new faces have come into the squad. A new style of aggressive batting is adopted after Rohit Sharma became the captain of the Indian team. The team is a mixture of both experienced and young players. Let’s wait and see whether this squad can emulate the achievements of Yuvraj, Dhoni, and others of 2007.
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