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Death over pace due makes a return to the Indian squad for T20 World Cup

T20 World Cup squad

With the return of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, India will have a full-strength fast-bowling attack in their squad to bring to Australia for the T20 World Cup. A lot of faith has also been placed in young Arshdeep Singh, who only made his India debut in July 2022, but was chosen ahead of players like Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami who are only reserves.

Over the past few months, India has made significant investments in super experts. Arshdeep falls into this group because of his outstanding IPL death bowling performances.

In fact, only Bumrah, who bowled a minimum of 40 balls between overs 17 and 20, had a lower economy rate than the 23-year-old left-arm fast last season. Many members of the team, including the top four players Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav, chose their own teammates.

India then went to their all-rounders, with Deepak Hooda being selected above rivals like Shreyas Iyer, who was only given a spot among the stand-bys, due to his potential to contribute a few overs of offspin.

One more bolter in the group is Hooda. Following a standout season with the Lucknow Super Giants, where he scored 451 runs at a strike rate of 136.66, he earned his debut for India in 2022.

In international cricket, even though his sample size is smaller—nine innings as opposed to 14 in the most recent IPL—he has raised his strike rate to 155.85. It’s possible that India’s loss of Ravindra Jadeja due to a knee injury made Hooda’s participation even more crucial.

Who els are included in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup

At the Asia Cup, where Jadeja sustained the injury, the team management favoured Hooda’s batting skills over Axar’s, However, it is unclear if this would result in his earning a spot in the India XI.

Dinesh Karthik, on the other hand, has compelled the selectors to fulfil his “dream” by upping his finisher game to an entirely new level. He first started arguing for inclusion at IPL 2022, where he had a death-overs strike rate of 220. Only Jos Buttler (236.53) fared better among batsmen who faced at least 50 balls between overs 17 and 20.

When playing for India against the West Indies in July, Karthik particularly displayed flashes of the same talent when he came in to bat in the 15th over and raised the score to 190 for 6. The 37-year-old will participate in his third T20 World Cup despite not having played any T20 International matches between February 2019 and June 2022. He is one of the few survivors from the 2007 inaugural tournament. This group includes Rohit as well.

India’s spin attack will be led by Yuzvendra Chahal, who took the most wickets in the most recent IPL, with assistance from R Ashwin. There are reserves, including Ravi Bishnoi. Up to the opening game of the T20 World Cup, which for India is on October 23, all sides are allowed to make changes to their rosters.

India Squad for T20 World Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, R Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Y Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, B Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

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