Team India has to participate in Asia Cup from August 27
World Cup squads will be finalized through this tournament
12 players decided for T20 World Cup, there is a fight for 3 slots
New Delhi. Team India has to play Asia Cup at the end of this month. The selectors for this tournament will either sit this week to choose the team. This will be the last selection before finalizing the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup. However, after the Asia Cup in September, India has to play a series against South Africa and Australia at home, but in this series too, roughly the same 15 players will be part of the team in the Asia Cup.
India can look at the Asia Cup in two ways. One is to field your best squad i.e. the players who will be included in the T20 World Cup squad or use the tournament as a platform to assess the options for the World Cup. At present, there are 12 slot finalists for the T20 World Cup squad, the only condition being that all the players are fit. On the batting front, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik will be in the squad. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will be part of the squad as two all-rounders.
Chahal will play as a wrist spinner
Yuzvendra Chahal will join this squad as a wrist spinner. At the same time, the names of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel are also almost certain among the three fast bowlers. That is, 12 players are final in the 15-member team of T20 World Cup. Now 3 empty slots are left. The real battle is for these three vacant places.
Now whether Team India chooses these 12 players and their backup for the Asia Cup or gives the final chance to other contenders, it is yet to be seen. However, the thinking of the Indian team management will be clear regarding the 3 vacant slots. She would like to choose such players, who can be of use to her in all three departments of the game i.e. bowling, batting and fielding. The player who qualifies the most on this scale will be able to make it to the vacant 3 slots for the T20 World Cup.
Let us know how many players are in the queue to make a place in these three vacant slots and whose claim is so strong. According to ESPNcricinfo, 7 players will be tried hard for the 3 vacant slots. Let us tell you about these players one by one.
Deepak Chahar: At one point, Deepak Chahar was seen as a strong alternative to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But then Deepak got hurt and he was out of the field for a long time. Bhuvneshwar took full advantage of his absence. However, the good thing with Deepak is that he is a better batsman than Bhuvneshwar, so there are still chances of him getting selected in the World Cup squad once he is fit. He is being seen as an alternative to Ravindra Jadeja.
Jadeja’s batting and bowling strike rate has not been special in the last one year. Therefore, if Jadeja does not play in some matches, then by replacing Deepak as an all-rounder, the Indian team management can play an important spinner.
R Ashwin: This year R Ashwin’s T20 batting strike rate is better than Jadeja’s. However, batting is not the reason why Ashwin’s T20 career is back on track. He has re-established himself as a reliable T20 bowler in the recent times. Now he is in the form of such a bowler, who has the ability to stop runs as well as take wickets in his 4 overs. If there are more left-handed batsmen in the opposing team, then Ashwin’s usefulness increases. However, against teams that are full of right-handed batsmen, only Chahal and Jadeja will play as the first-choice spin bowlers.
Axar Patel: Akshar is a perfect fit as Jadeja’s backup. If any player remains a threat to Jadeja in limited overs cricket at the moment, then it is Akshay. However, it is certain that only one of these two will play in the playing XI. If Akshar finds a place in the Asia Cup squad, then he can prove to be a big threat to Jadeja in the World Cup squad if he performs well.
Deepak Hooda: Whenever Hooda has got a chance in Team India this year, he has cashed it with both hands. Along with batting aggressively in the top or middle order, he can bowl a couple of overs as an off-spinner. However, being in the middle order of Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav, it is very difficult to be selected in the playing XI. At present, it is not looking easy for him to make a place in the 15-member squad as well. He will only be able to make a place as the second backup batsman.
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Arshdeep Singh: The biggest quality of this left-arm bowler is his death over bowling. He bowls accurate yorkers in the last over. Second, that he is the only left-arm fast bowler. It is clear that if India has to take only one backup bowler in fast bowling, then either Deepak Chahar or Arshdeep Singh will be selected. If Arshdeep is not selected in the squad of T20 World Cup, then it will be only because of batting. However, Team India can give a chance to these two fast bowlers in the Asia Cup and then a final decision can be taken regarding the backup pacer.
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Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Bishnoi
In the last few months, both these wrist spinners have been part of the setup of India’s T20 team. However, if we look at Team India’s playing XI in recent times, it is clear that two wrist spinners will not play together. It is also certain that Team India hardly sees any bowler as Chahal’s backup in terms of T20 World Cup. In such a situation, if one of Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Bishnoi is selected in the team of Asia Cup, then no one should be surprised.
Tags: Asia cup, Axar Patel, Deepak chahar, Deepak Hooda, R ashwin, T20 World Cup 2022, Team India
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 04, 2022, 18:02 IST