Indian selectors are in the process to finalise the national squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup, which will be hosted by Australia from October 16 to November 13. With that objective, the selectors think tank has been giving chances to a number of youngsters in recent months to prove their potential. In a recent media interaction, Team India batsmen keeper Dinesh Karthik said that considering the number of options available with regard to players on the Indian side, the Men in Blue can easily make two to three teams.
While having so many players to pick from is a great position to be in, it also puts added responsibility on the selectors to choose the right players. India has suffered in the past due to wrong team selection policies. One thing is for sure since there are too many options to pick from, some players will be unlucky to rule out. In this article, we look at 2 Indian players who might narrowly miss out on a spot in the T20 World Cup squad.
Two Indian Stars Who Might Not Select For 2022 T20 World Cup
1. Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda has done fabulously well in the few opportunities given to represent India in the white-ball cricket games. In seven T20Is, he has smashed 215 runs at an average of 71.66 and a strike rate of 170.63. Of course, one needs to think about two of his most impressive knocks against Ireland. But he also scored 33 off 17 in the opening T20I against England in Southampton, before making way for the former captain Virat Kohli.
The 27-year-old is a good striker of the cricket ball and a handy off-spinner baller as well. However, if we look at the current Indian top order and middle order, captain Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rishabh Pant are more or less automatic selections.
2. Shreyas Iyer
Back in February, Shreyas Iyer smashed three consecutive unbeaten half-centuries during the T20I series against Sri Lanka at home. At that point, it seemed, the 27-year-old batsman sealed his place for the T20 World Cup championship.
However, things have changed rapidly since. Following the series against Sri Lanka, Shreyas has not scored a single fifty in nine T20I innings.
Shreyas was competing for a spot on the Indian side with Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav. No. 3 and No. 4 are the only places he can bat in. Selectors are unlikely to drop King Kohli and Suryakumar has played some blasting knocks in white-ball cricket in past months. As a result, Shreyas’ place in India’s squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup spot is in doubt.
Apart from his low run of scores, the problem against the short ball could also go against him. He troubled against the rising ball during India’s tour of Australia in 2020-21.