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India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI
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The BCCI selection committee announced India’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad on Monday, September 12. Rohit Sharma will lead the 15-member squad with Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel making a comeback to the squad. Some of the players who were in the T20 World Cup last year have been ignored this year. Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami is added to the reserves alongside Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar and Ravi Bishnoi. 

Ravindra Jadeja is ruled out of the T20 World Cup with an injured knee. He recently had his surgery and is rehabilitating at the moment. Jadeja will also miss the T20I series against Australia and South Africa which India will play ahead of the T20 World Cup. 

T20 WorldCup 2022
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The overall squad looks balanced with the return of the senior players. However, India’s dismal performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup campaign gives the management a lot to think about.  In addition to that, India have not yet found their ideal playing combination. The absence of Jadeja has increased problems for the management as he was almost a player and a half in the playing XI. 

India T20 World Cup 2022 Squad
India T20 World Cup 2022 Squad

There were huge expectations when the team went off to UAE to play in the T20 World Cup 2021. However, as it turned out, India did not do well in the tournament. They lost early against Pakistan and New Zealand and had no chances of getting through to the next round. They finished on a high but the result of the final few games was inconsequential. 

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul. (Photo: Twitter)

Now under a new captain, the team almost had the same problems that they had last year. It was their batting that let them down last year. This year as well there are doubts about the form of a few players. The only positive from India’s campaign was Virat Kohli scoring his 71st ton overall and his first T20I century.

Kohli ended the campaign with 276 runs from five games with two fifties and a century. However, there are still concerns over his consistency. The form of Rohit and Kohli is also questionable at the moment. Both scored a fifty each but did not bat at their fluent best in the Asia Cup. 

They have the T20I series against Australia and South Africa to find their form. Meanwhile, in this article, we analyse three key reasons why India might not win the title. 

3 Reasons Why India Will Lose The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Title

1) Top-Order Not In The Best Of Form 

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: BCCI

As discussed above, India’s top order is not in its best knick at the moment. Individually they had scores under their belt in the Asia Cup. However, as a batting group, they did not deliver the goods for the side.

The middle-order was tested in just one game which was in the game against Pakistan in which Hardik and Jadeja played cameo to win the game for India. The batting should utilise the home series to get back their form. 

Also Read: ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Virat Kohli Should Be Opening In WC, It Just Gives The Right Balance – Parthiv Patel

2) Absence Of Ravindra Jadeja 

Ravindra Jadeja-Axar Patel
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Ravindra Jadeja is a big miss for the Indian team. His all-round skills were on show in India’s very first game against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022. With Jadeja unavailable, India just has Hardik Pandya as a regular all-rounder. To add to that, now only Rishabh Pant is the specialist left-hander in the playing XI.

The management added Axar Patel as Jadeja’s cover-up on the side but he does not have the skill and the quality of Jadeja. India will also miss him as a fielder to add to his bowling and batting skills.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.