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ICC T20 World Cup 2022 IND vs PAK- India Predicted Playing XI vs Pakistan. Rohit Sharma-led Indian team will head into the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 starting later this month will an aim to win their first title since the inaugural triumph under MS Dhoni back in 2007.

After a disappointing showing in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 where they failed to reach the semifinals, the Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue will look for a much better showing down under in Australia.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy
ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy. Image Credits: Twitter

The venue of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 tournament is Australia. The Men in Blue will play their opening match of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on October 23 against Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground. India is part of group 2 in the tournament with teams like Pakistan, South Africa, and Bangladesh in their pool.

The last time the two teams met at the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan had beaten their arch-rivals by 10 wickets in their Super 12 match in Dubai to register their first-ever win against their neighbors in World Cups. Babar Azam hit an unbeaten 68, while Mohammad Rizwan smashed an unbeaten 79. Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled a terrific spell of 3/31 with three prized scalps of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli.

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan will begin their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 campaign against the Men in Blue on October 23. Babar Azam’s men lost in the finals of the recent Asia Cup 2022, going down to Sri Lanka by 23 runs.

After the disappointment of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, where they lost in the semifinals, Pakistan would be hoping to turn things around in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 when they travel to Australia. Pakistan begin their campaign against India at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and will go on to play four more league games.

The winners of the 2009 World T20(T20I World Cup) also reached the final in 2007, where they lost to India. They have entered the semifinals on three other occasions, including in 2010, 2012 and in 2021.

India vs Pakistan
India vs Pakistan. (Photo: Getty Images)

India and Pakistan are set to lock horns in another mouthwatering ICC T20 World Cup 2022 encounter between the arch rivals. The hype of the game is evergreen and fans of both the teams make this encounter a festival. Talking about the teams, Pakistan look quite settled after the return of Shaheen Shah Afridi to their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 squad.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Twitter)

Moreover, a few of the middle order batters have also chipped in the recently concluded tri series in New Zealand. India, on the other hand, will miss the services of their express pace bowler, Jasprit Bumrah due to a back spasm. This makes the Indian death bowling a major cause of concern, however his replacement Mohammed Shami has shown signs of form in the warm up game against Australia.

Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant
Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant Photo Credit: (AFP)

The debate around Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant finally seems to be cooling down. The team management seems keen on giving Dinesh Karthik an opportunity over Rishabh Pant based on his recent form. India have named Mohammed Shami as the replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 squad.

Thus, he becomes a direct entry to the team. A lot would depend on their top order which is one of their strengths, but they would need to improve their death-bowling woes.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 IND vs PAK- India Predicted Playing XI vs Pakistan

KL Rahul

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. Pic Credits: Twitter

Since returning from injury, KL Rahul has finally found some form, and all the concerns around his strike rate have been answered. KL Rahul is the vice-captain of the Indian team as well. The right-handed batsman has scored 108 runs in 2 games against South Africa with 2 half-centuries. Against Australia, the right-handed batsman slammed 66 runs across 3 games with 1 half-century.

KL Rahul’s 55-ball-74 knock against Western Australia in an ICC T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up game which will boost his confidence. He top-scored with 57 off 33 balls against Australia in the 1st ICC T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up game. His innings comprised 6 fours and 3 sixes.

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