September 30, 2022
Irfan Pathan Suggests India’s Playing XI For T20 World Cup Opener Against Pakistan, Leaves Young Star Out

After the BCCI selectors announced a 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup, all eyes are on the probable playing XI when the Indian cricket team begins its campaign against Pakistan on 23 October. With the tried and tested Indian team, all the designated players have enough experience in their side. In such a situation, choosing the perfect XI for the team management can be a difficult task. Former Indian cricket team player Irfan Pathan has regained his grip on the ideal playing XI and dropped wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant from it.

“Look, in my opinion, if you are playing the first match, you need some experienced bowlers including a spinner. So, from above, my playing will be 11 – Rohit, KL Rahul, No. 3 – Virat (Kohli) No. 4 – Suryakumar Yadav, No. 5 – Deepak Hooda, No. 6 – Hardik Pandya, No. 7 – Dinesh Karthik, No. 8 will be a right-arm leg spinner, then it will be (Yuzvendra) Chahal, 9 to 11. Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel will be there and with that you can go for Bhuvneshwar Kumar,” Irfan Pathan said on Star Sports.

“So, there will be a combination here, three fast bowlers out of which two are quality fast bowlers, who will be able to bowl even at death. And I will make sure that I have the freedom to choose the combination and to handle the death bowling. Three fast bowlers, even Arshdeep (Singh), so, in my opinion, in the playing 11, the spinner is clear, it’s just that I can make room for Arshdeep in the team.”


Indian squad for ICC T20 World Cup:Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul (vice captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

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

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