October 4, 2022
Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel return to Indian team for T20 World Cup

With the return of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, India will have a fast bowling attack in full force to take Australia to the T20 World Cup.
He has also relied heavily on young Arshdeep Singh, who only made his India debut in September 2022, but was picked ahead of the likes of Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami, who only find a place in reserve.

India has been investing heavily in super specialists in the last 18 months. Arshdeep fits into this category after displaying exceptional skills as a death bowler in the IPL. In fact, last season, with at least 40 deliveries bowled between 17 and 20 overs, only Bumrah managed a better economy rate than the 23-year-old left-arm pacer. And that too by just 0.2 points: 7.38 versus 7.58.

Several teams picked themselves up including the top four of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav. India then turned to their all-rounders with the potential of Deepak Hooda to push him into the main team ahead of other contenders like Shreyas Iyer, who only found a place among the stand-bys.

There is one more bolt in the Hooda squad. He also played his first game for India in 2022 after a breakout season with the Lucknow Super Giants, for which he scored 451 runs at a strike rate of 136.66. Although his sample size is small – eight innings as opposed to 14 in the last IPL – in international cricket, he has increased that strike rate to 155.85.

India’s loss of Ravindra Jadeja to a knee injury would have necessitated Hooda’s presence as well. Axar Patel plays the main left-arm spinner in the team, but it remains to be seen whether this means he gets a place in the India XI. In the Asia Cup, where Jadeja got injured, the team management prioritized Hooda’s batting ability over Axar’s.

standby player – Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.

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