IND vs AUS: 3 Indian Players Who Position In Team India Playing XI For T20 World Cup 2022 Will Depend On Warm Up Match

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team (Image Credits: AP)

IND vs AUS: 3 Indian Players Who Position In Team India Playing XI For T20 World Cup 2022 Will Depend On Warm Up Match. India will square off against Australia in the first official ICC T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up match on Monday, October 17. The Men in Blue played two unofficial warm-up games against the Western Australia XI, winning one and losing one.

In the meantime, Australia recently lost a T20 series 2-0 to England with the 3rd T20I washed out due to rain. The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up match will start at 9:30 AM (IST). India plays archrivals Pakistan in their tournament opener on October 23.

India vs Australia
India vs Australia (Credits: Twitter)

Death over bowling will once again be focused on throughout the game against Australia. India scarcely improved in the final few overs as they allowed Western Australia to score 41 runs in five overs. Harshal Patel also bowled effectively to dismiss death-over hues. Ravichandran Ashwin played brilliantly in the last warm-up game as he grabbed three wickets.  Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will return for the warm-up match against Australia.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter

Australia, on the other hand, will be eager to strike with the ball at hand. Against England, bowlers like Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc had a little advantage. Glenn Maxwell is having trouble getting runs and would like to perform well in the warm-up game.

In the first warm-up match against West Australia, Suryakumar Yadav picked up where he left against South Africa at home and scored a blistering knock of 52 runs to help India set a target of 159 runs for Western Australia XI. In return, the hosts were bundled out for 145 runs as Arshdeep Singh scalped 3 wickets and Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 2 wickets each.

India 158 for 6 (Suryakumar 52, Behrendorff 2-26) beat Western Australia XI 145 for 8 (Fanning 59, Arshdeep 3-6, Bhuvneshwar 2-26) by 13 runs

KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. PC- BCCI
KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. PC- BCCI

India lost to Western Australia XI in the second warm-up game by 36 runs. The match was important for the Indian team to get accustomed to the Australian playing conditions ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. India had won the first warm-up game by 13 runs. Despite KL Rahul’s 74 off 55 balls, India lost the match by 36 runs. Indians could score 132/8 in 20 overs. Riding on Ravichandran Ashwin’s 3-32, India managed to restrict Western Australia to 168 in 20 overs.

Western Australia XI 168 for 8 (Hobson 64, Short 52, Ashwin 3-32) beat Indians 132 for 8 (Rahul 74, Lance Morris 2-23, Kelly 2-26) by 36 runs

IND vs AUS: 3 Indian Players Who Position In Team India Playing XI For T20 World Cup 2022 Will Depend On Warm Up Match

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin Photo Credit: (Twitter)

India has three specialist spinners (Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, and Ravichandran Ashwin) and a part-timer in Deepak Hooda in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 squad. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finally got a game after a while in the 1st T20I against Proteas in Hardik Pandya’s absence. He was economical but was wicketless returning with figures of 4-1-8-0 in the 1st T20I. The 36-year-old veteran spinner was wicketless in the entire T20I series against Proteas.

Ravichandran Ashwin was retained for the New Zealand home series after the conclusion of the 2021 T20I World Cup (where he returned to the T20I setup after 4 years) and was dropped later. And after a gap of eight months, he was brought back for the 5-match T20Is against hosts West Indies, where he picked 3 scalps in as many games. He also picked 2 scalps in 2 Asia Cup 2022 games.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s position in the playing XI for ICC T20 World Cup 2022  will depend on the warm-up game against Australia as this will be his last World Cup and he would want to retire on a high. His performance against Western Australia XI (3/32 in 4 overs) in the 2nd practice game would give him some confidence.

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