The Biggest Tournament of ICC, the World Cup Cricket 2022 for India is a golden chance to end their trophy drought since 2013. Captain Cool MS Dhoni won the ICC Champions Trophy that year and since then the Men in Blue have come close to winning an ICC title twice but could not make it to win. They jumped to the finals of the ICC 2017 Champions Trophy and the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 but lost out on both chances.
The build-up to the T20 World Cup for India is quite huge given how they were kicked out of the tournament last year. They lost to Pak and New Zealand in back-to-back clashes to bow out of the tournament. The squad thus has to look to correct their mistakes as they look to win that elusive title.
Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian side this time around after taking over from Virat Kohli who decided to step down as Skipper after the T20 World Cup in the previous year. Eventually, Rohit also took over as India’s Test skipper and now is India’s all-format captain.
Meanwhile, in this article, have a sight at India’s predicted 15-member squad for the World Cup Cricket 2022.
Batter: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer
Rohit will open the batting side with KL Rahul. Virat has also opened the batting lineup in the past and so he is another good option as a potential opener. If King Kohli opens, Rahul can drop to number 3 and one among Surya Kumar Yadav or Shreyas will be India’s number 4. SKY is ahead in that comparison than Iyer given his ability to play 360 degrees around the wicket. Iyer was one of the standby batsmen in the last T20 World Cup for India but might get himself in the main squad this year.
Keepers: Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik
One among Rishab Pant and Dinesh Karthik will be India’s brilliant keeper for the World Cup Cricket 2022. Karthik was nowadays seen as a finisher and thus Pant offers to bat himself at number 5. He can also open the batting lineup and bat at 4 if required. The southpaw recently smashed a Test and an ODI century against England and needs to translate his form into T20Is.
All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja
Sir Jadeja and Pandya were a part of India’s last T20 World Cup playing 11 as well. However, they return as better options heading into the ICC World Cup T20 2022 and are guaranteed selections keeping in sight their recent form. Hardik has come back stronger and now bowling long spells as well. Jadeja has developed himself into a crucial all-rounder for India across formats.
Pacers: Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
Deepak Chahar has been out of the cricket game since the T20 World Cup last year. He also missed the IPL 2022 due to his long-standing injury and is yet to play cricket this year. He will surely make it to the T20 World Cup squad if he gets fit in time. Bumrah, Bhuvi, and Shami are the other 3 top pacers who should be selected for the squad. The trio was a part of the playing 11 in the last T20 World Cup as well.
Spinners: Yuzvendra Chahal , Kuldeep Yadav
Chahal and Kuldeep are India’s best left-right spin combination for the ICC Men’s T20 WC 2022. The BCCI selected Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, and Varun Chakravarthy for the T20 World Cup 2021 which did not work out as expected. While Chahal is in the best form of his life, Kuldeep is among the top experienced spinners among the recent ones that India has tried out.
India’s Predicted 15 Squad For World Cup Cricket 2022
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav