Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar revealed his India playing XI for the high-profile battle against Pakistan; experienced campaigner Ravichandran Ashwin could not get a slot in Manjrekar’s India XI.

India National Cricket Team is placed in the Group 2 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 along with Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia. The Men In Blue will begin their Super12 journey with a battle against Pakistan arch-rivals on 24 October in Dubai.

Virat Kohli, Steve Smith.
Virat Kohli, Steve Smith. Image-Twitter

Virat Kohli-led side has won both of their warm-up games in the T20 World Cup 2021. India comfortably chased down the target in the warm-up game against England and Australia at ICC Academy Ground.

On the other hand, Babar Azam-led side won the first warm-up game comfortably against West Indies and lost the other warm-up battle against South Africa.

Notably, Pakistan has never defeated India in the World Cup encounters, whether it is a T20 World Cup or a 50-over World Cup. India has a 12-0 lead against arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cups.

Sanjay Manjrekar Reveals His India Playing XI For The Pakistan Match

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Just like experienced spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the experienced Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not part of Sanjay Manjrekar’s Playing XI for the high-voltage clash.

Manjrekar included Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy in place of Ashwin and all-rounder Shardul Thakur in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

R Ashwin[photo: Twitter]
Sanjay Manjrekar’s Predicted India XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami.

Rohit Virat Rahul Surya Hardik Pant Jadeja Shardul Shami Bumrah Varun. My India playing XI for tonight. #IndvPak #T20WORLDCUP”, Manjrekar posted on Koo

Virat Kohli, who is playing his last T20 World Cup as a skipper of the India National Cricket Team, will be eyeing earning a victory in the Super12s opener against arch-rivals.

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