Irfan Pathan Suggests India Playing XI For T20 World Cup Opener Against Pakistan, Omits Young Star

After the BCCI selectors announced a 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup, all eyes will be on the potential XI when the Indian cricket team kicks off their campaign against Pakistan on October 23. With the Indian squad having a tried and tested look, all the mentioned players have plenty of experience by their side. So choosing a perfect XI can be a difficult task for the team management. Former Indian cricket team player Irfan Pathan has given his take on the ideal playing XI, omitting wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant from it.

“Look, in my opinion, when you play the first match you have to have some experienced bowlers, including one spinner. So from the top my squad would be – Rohit, KL Rahul, number three – Virat (Kohli), number four – Suryakumar Yadav, number five – Deepak Hooda, number six – Hardik Pandya, number seven – Dinesh Karthik, number eight will be a right arm bone spinner, so it would be (Yuzvendra) Chahal, 9 to 11, here there will be Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel and besides that you can go for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar,” Irfan Pathan said on Star Sports.

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


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

Standby players –mohd. Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.

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