Updated: 20 September 2022
ICC T20 World Cup 2022: India vs Pakistan Match, Team India’s Predicted Playing XI. After the Asia Cup 2022, the focus has shifted towards the most awaited ICC tournament of the year, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The 8th edition is slated to take place in Australia between October 16th and November 13th.
A total of 16 teams will be participating in the showpiece event. India, like other teams, also announced its squad for the ICC T20 world cup 2022 before the cutoff date of September 15th September. The men in blue will be starting their world cup campaign with the match against arch-rival Pakistan on October 23rd in Melbourne. We have analyzed the team and have brought you the probable playing XI for the game against Pakistan.
OPENERS- ROHIT SHARMA AND KL RAHUL
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will be the first-choice openers for India in the match against Pakistan. Rohit Sharma is an automatic selection in the team. He has now become a veteran and is a player who, when on the song, can play strokes with ease. Rohit Sharma nowadays has started playing sensibly in the initial overs and accelerates later on.
KL Rahul, over the last 2-3 years, has been the most consistent batsman for team India in the t20 format. He has played consistent cricket. KL Rahul has all the shots in his book. He needs to increase his strike rate a little, especially at the start of the innings. Otherwise, he is a delightful batsman when on full form.
MIDDLE ORDER- VIRAT KOHLI, SURYAKUMAR YADAV, RISHABH PANT
Virat Kohli will be a sure-shot batter at the number 3. He was going through a poor form before the Asia Cup 2022, having remained century-less in close to 1000 days. But, he returned back to form in the Asia Cup 2022, scoring the much-awaited century against Afghanistan. His role will be to play an anchor innings at no 3.
Suryakumar Yadav, in the last year, has been the best t20 batsman for India. The 360-degree player has played fearless cricket and has been instrumental in a few top wins for India. SKY, with his unique improvisation and skills, can go after the bowling from ball one.
Rishabh Pant can be preferred over Dinesh Karthik in playing X1 for the match against Pakistan. The reason is, that he is a left-handed batter and can provide a variety to the middle-order. The injury to Jadeja has more or less opened the door for a place in the playing X1 for Pant.
ALL-ROUNDER- HARDIK PANDYA & AXAR PATEL
Hardik Pandya, currently India’s number 1 all-rounder, perfectly fits the team. He has made a phenomenal comeback after the injury and has become the perfect utility player. Pandya can hit boundaries and sixes with ease. The fact that he can bowl full 4 overs consistently is also a great sign for India.
Axar Patel can also be included in the playing X1 for the match against Pakistan. He has played some good innings this year and also picked up wickets in crucial times. Axar Patel is a land-arm spinner, which can help the team management get a like-for-like replacement for Jadeja in the playing X1.
BOWLING ORDER- YUZVENDRA CHAHAL, BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR, JASPRIT BUMRAH, HARSHAL PATEL
After the return of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, the bowling lineup of India seems to have the firepower. India missed the services of these 2 bowlers, and that caused them dearly. Chahal, with his flight and variety, will be preferred over Ashwin. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with this swing bowling, can be very helpful for India on the Australian pitches.
It remains to be seen how Bumrah and Harshal Patel performs after the comeback from the injury. But, their presence is sure to boost the pace of attack.