IND vs PAK: India’s Playing XI For Pakistan In ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Rohit Sharma-led team will head into the ICC T20I 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 T20I World Cup 2021 where they failed to reach the semifinals, the Rohit Sharma-led team will look for a much better showing down under in Australia.
The venue of the 2022 T20I World Cup tournament is Australia. The Men in Blue will play their opening match of the upcoming T20I 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 2021 T20I World Cup, Pakistan had beaten India by 10 wickets in their Super 12 match in Dubai to register their first-ever win against their neighbours 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.
IND vs PAK: India’s Playing XI For Pakistan In ICC T20 World Cup 2022
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 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.
This tournament will be Rohit Sharma’s first appearance as the captain of India in an ICC tournament. Rohit Sharma piled up 43 runs in 3 games in the previous T20I series against South Africa. He got out for ducks in two games but played a good knock in one match. In the prior T20I series against Australia, Rohit Sharma smacked 74 runs in 3 games and also won the man of the match award in one match.
Virat Kolhi, since his break, has just rediscovered his form and is back to what he does best for the team- providing consistency and solidarity. He slammed a century in Asia Cup 2022. Later, Virat Kohli piled up 76 runs in 3 games against Australia with a match-winning 63 in the 3rd T20I match. Against South Africa, Virat Kohli scored 52 runs in 2 games with an unbeaten 49-run knock in one match.
Virat Kohli recently returned to form in the Asia Cup 2022 where he was the 2nd highest run-getter by amassing 276 runs in 5 T20Is averaging 92. He also hit a ton after 2019 and his first in T20I by scoring 122* against Afghanistan. He followed it up by scoring 63 in a T20I against Australia and 49* in a T20I against Proteas. He averages 67.67 against Pakistan having amassed 406 runs in 9 T20Is.
Suryakumar Yadav-the man who can’t do any wrong in this T20I format and India’s own Mr. 360, is one of the most improved players since the last World Cup and is going through a purple patch. The right-handed batsman scored 119 runs in 3 games at an average of 59.50 and a strike rate of 195+ against South Africa. Against Australia, Suryakumar Yadav scored 115 runs in 3 games and also won the player of the series award.
He has scored 801 runs this year averaging 40.05 in 23 innings at a strike rate of 184.56 and is ranked No. 2 in T20Is only behind Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan.
Since regaining his full fitness, Hardik Pandya has just been seen winning games single-handedly for India and is contributing in all three facets of the game. He has been striking at 151.39 since coming back into the team and is expected to play with this same aggressive intent in the world cup. He provides the team with the necessary balance, i.e., the 6th bowler.
The right-handed batsman slammed 105 runs in 3 games against Australia with 1 half-century. He could not pick any wicket in the Australia series. Hardik Pandya was not part of the previous series against South Africa.
The man who made a comeback to the team in a more specialized role of a finisher is essential for the team to finish strong in the last few overs. Dinesh Karthik is batting at a strike rate of 150+ since his comeback and has given solid finishes and won a few games on his merit this year.
Against Australia, Dinesh Karthik scored 17 runs in 3 games. He was unbeaten in 2 innings. In one game, he slammed a four and six in the final over when the team needed 9 runs. In the previous T20I against South Africa, the right-handed batsman slammed 63 runs in 2 innings, with a 46-run knock in one match.
Ravindra Jadeja, who misses out on India’s T20 World Cup squad due to injury, has paved the way for a like-to-like replacement in Axar Patel, who, just like the former, contributes to all three departments. He has already picked up 18 wickets this year, and the bigger ground dimensions in Australia will favour this left-arm spin bowler.
The left-arm spinner won the player of the series award against Australia T20Is, after bagging 8 wickets in 3 games at an average of 7.87. He was the top wicket-taker in the series. Against South Africa, the left-arm spinner picked 2 wickets in 3 games.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will now shoulder the responsibility of leading the bowling attack in the T20 World Cup in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. He is lethal with the new bowl as he can swing the bowl both ways, creating problems for the batters at the top. He is India’s top wicket-taker in this format this year. However, his death bowling is a concern, but these four games before the marquee clash will help him execute these skills much better.
He picked 1 wicket in 2 games against Australia at an average of 91.0 and an economy of 13.0. He was a little costly in the series. However, he has shown good form this year, winning the player of the series award multiple times.
The left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh has executed a spectacular performance in his short T20I career so far. In the previous T20I series against South Africa, the left-arm pacer picked 5 wickets in 2 games at an average of 18.80 and an economy of 11.75. He didn’t feature in the series against Australia.
The Punjab bowler, who made his international debut in the T20I against England this year, has played 13 T20I matches and scalped 19 wickets so far averaging 19.79.
Since Jasprit Bumrah is out of the squad, Harshal Patel is one of three pacers present in the squad. The right-arm pacer has picked 2 wickets in 3 games against South Africa. In the previous T20I series against Australia, he grabbed 1 wicket in 3 games. Mohammed Shami may also play against Pakistan.
Veteran pacer Mohammed Shami replaced injured Jasprit Bumrah in the 15-member Indian cricket squad for the T20 World Cup 2022, starting October 16 in Australia. Mohammed Shami last played in T20Is during the last edition of the ICC 2021 T20I World Cup in the UAE.
He was supposed to play in the six T20Is at home against Australia and South Africa but tested positive for COVID-19 and had to remain in isolation. On return, he had to prove his fitness before NCA approved his trip to Australia. Mohammed Shami has played 17 T20Is and has taken 18 wickets.
After missing out on last year’s 2021 T20I World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal has been included in this year’s 2022 T20I World Cup. He has repeatedly proved his worth for India during the middle overs. He has already taken 21 wickets at an economy of 7.60 this year.
In his previous series against Australia, the right-arm spinner grabbed 2 wickets in 3 games at an average of 38.0 and an economy of 9.12. He is the top spin bowler for India so far, having taken the joint most wickets alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar for India in T20Is-85 scalps in 69 T20Is.