IND vs PAK: Best Pakistan Playing XI vs India Without Shaheen Afridi In T20 World Cup 2022

Published - 15 Oct 2022, 04:31 PM

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Pakistan is set to begin their journey in T20 World Cup 2022 with the opening game against India. IND vs PAK encounters is scheduled to take place on October 23 (Sunday) at Melbourne Cricket Stadium in Australia. While India will miss their most crucial pacer Japsrit Bumrah, Pakistan has Shaheen Afridi back to the team after recovering from an injury.

Shaheen Afridi was out of the field for a long time due to an injury. The left-arm pacer also did not play in Asia Cup 2022 and his last T20I game was in April 2022 against Australia. Since Afridi is a prominent force behind Pakistan’s bowling attack, Pakistan will be a little weaker without his presence in the playing XI. Here we talk about the best Pakistan playing XI vs India without Shaheen Afridi in T20 World Cup 2022.

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IND vs PAK: Best Pakistan Playing XI vs India Without Shaheen Afridi In T20 World Cup 2022

Babar Azam (C)

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Pic Credit: Twitter

Babar Azam is the skipper of Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2022 and should lead the team in the IND vs PAK match. The right-handed batsman should also open the innings for the team. Azam is the 3rd ranked T20I batsman in the ICC rankings currently. He smacked 285 in 7 games in the T20I series against England. He also slammed a century in the series.

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Mohammad Rizwan (WK)

Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan. PC- AFP-Getty
Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan. PC- AFP-Getty

Mohammad Rizwan should be the other opener for Pakistan in IND vs PAK encounter. The right-handed batsman has been in fabulous form this year. He scored the most runs for the team in the T20I series against England, smashing 316 runs in 6 games. He also finished as the top run-getter for the team in Asia Cup 2022. He is the top-ranked T20I batsman in the ICC rankings currently.

Khushdil Shah

Khushdil Shah
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Khusdil Shah should be the one-down batsman for Pakistan in IND vs PAK clash. Khushdil Shah scored 63 runs in 4 games in the previous T20I series against England. In 24 T20Is so far, he has scored 309 runs at an average of 20.60.

Iftikhar Ahmed

Iftikhar Ahmed. Photo- Twitter
Iftikhar Ahmed. Photo- Twitter

Iftikhar Ahmed should be another middle-order batsman for Pakistan as well as an all-rounder. In the previous series against England, he scored 99 runs in 5 games. In 36 T20Is so far, he has scored 540 runs at an average of 27.0 and picked 3 wickets in 15 innings.

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Shadab Khan

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

Shadab Khan should be another all-rounder for the team in the match against India in T20 World Cup 2022. Shadab Khan will be a crucial all-rounder for the team. The right-arm spinner picked 3 wickets in 3 games in the T20I series against England. He also played a crucial knock against India in the Asia Cup 2022 match, which helped Pakistan to defeat India in the super 12 round.

Asif Ali

Asif Ali
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Asif Ali might be a lower-order batsman for Pakistan in the IND vs PAK match of the T20 World Cup 2022. The right-handed batsman has struggled to perform well in the last few series. However, Ali holds a lot of experience in T20Is, with 54 T20I matches so far for Pakistan in which he has smacked 542 runs at a strike rate of 134+. Last year, Asif Ali slammed quickfire knocks for Pakistan in T20 World Cup.

Mohammad Nawaz

Mohammad Nawaz
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Mohammad Nawaz might be another spinner for the Pakistan in IND vs PAK encounter of the T20 World Cup 2022. The left-arm spinner scalped 5 wickets in 7 games in the T20I series against England recently. He also gave a good bowling performance against India in Asia Cup 2022.

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Mohammad Wasim

Mohammad Wasim
Mohammad Wasim. (Photo: Twitter)

Mohammad Wasim should be a medium-pace all-rounder for Pakistan in IND vs PAK clash. The right-arm pacer has played 20 T20I games so far for Pakistan and scalped 26 wickets at an average of 21.31. He also holds a good economy rate of 8.50. Wasim has only batted in 6 games in which he has scored 20 runs.

Haris Rauf

Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf. Image: Twitter

Haris Rauf should be one of the pacers for Pakistan in the absence of Shaheen Afridi. The right-arm pacer gave a wonderful performance in the T20I series against England recently. Rauf picked 8 wickets in 6 games at an average of 23.62. He was the top wicket-taker for the team in the series. Rauf has been a consistent performer throughout this year, picking 23 wickets in 16 games at an average of 20.21.

Naseem Shah

Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah. Pic Credits: Twitter

In the absence of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah will be a good option to rope in the playing XI in the IND vs PAK clash of T20 World Cup 2022. The right-arm pacer gave a good performance against India in Asia Cup 2022, picking wickets at the start. He also helped Pakistan to win the match against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022, smashing 2 sixes in the final over.

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Mohammad Hasnain

Mohammad Hasnain
Mohammad Hasnain (Credits: Twitter)

Mohammad Hasnain should be another pacer for Pakistan against India. The right-arm pacer gave a good performance in the previous T20I series against England. He bagged 4 wickets in 4 games. In 27 T20I games so far, Hasnain has hunted 25 wickets at an average of 34.12.

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