Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa, who plays for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named a formidable squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which is set to be held in Australia.
On Monday, September 12, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which is the eighth edition of the marquee tournament, is scheduled to be played from October 16 to November 13.
Speaking on ESPNcricinfo, Uthappa said that India have got an “extremely formidable” top-4 and a solid lower-middle order. However, he feels that the team management will have to “find clarity over the No.5 spot”. He asserted:
“[Yuzvendra] Chahal, Axar [Patel], and Ashwin are all intelligent, shrewd, and wicket-taking bowlers. Their intent will be to always look for wickets. The top four looks extremely formidable, the lower-middle order looks solid as well, they just have to find clarity over that No. 5 spot. That would be between Rishabh Pant and Deepak Hooda.”
I am feeling very confident about the fast bowling lineup – Robin Uthappa
Uthappa further stated that he is feeling confident about India’s pace attack that consists of Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Also, Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar are named in reserves. He said:
“I think it is important to have a left-arm fast bowler, and they have that in Arshdeep Singh and he will be very effective in the death overs. Bhuvi has shown what he can do and I think he will be effective in Australia as well. I am feeling very confident about the fast bowling lineup, the bowling is in a good state.”
While talking about veteran pacer Mohammed Shami’s recall to the T20I squad, Robin Uthappa said:
“I think the thought process behind Shami’s selection is that he is someone who has played a lot of these ICC tournaments in the past. In case there is any need for a replacement, they will have an experienced player at their disposal.
“That must be the thought process of getting him as a stand-by player instead of someone like Avesh Khan.”
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