September 25, 2022
“Wonderful omission…”: Mohammad Azharuddin on Duo’s absence from India’s T20 World Cup main squad


The BCCI selectors on Monday announced a 15-member Indian cricket team for the T20 World Cup in Australia starting mid-October. The selectors have gone with a tried and tested team full of senior players who have played in the recent Asia Cup tournament. The team has three specialist spinners, four fast bowlers, two wicket-keeper batsmen, five specialist batsmen and one all-rounder in Hardik Pandya. While batsman Deepak Hooda can be an effective spinner, left-arm spinner Axar Patel can make a late cameo with the bat as well. All eyes are on the Rohit-led side to end India’s nine-year long wait for the ICC trophy.

However, former Indian cricket team captain Mohammad Azharuddin felt that Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Shami should have been part of the 15-man squad. Along with Ravi Bishnoi and Deepak Chahar, both have been named as ‘standby players’ for the T20 World Cup.

Mohammad Azharuddin tweeted, “Shocked to hear of Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Shami being dropped from the main team.” “Shreyas Iyer in place of Deepak Hooda and Mohammed Shami in place of Harshal Patel would be my choice.”

Batter Iyer has played 46 T20 matches and scored 1029 runs at a strike rate of 136.65. Veteran fast bowler Shami has played 17 T20 matches and has taken 18 wickets. Both the players are star performers in the Indian Premier League.

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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 – Mr. Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.

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