Irfan Pathan predicts Team India’s playing XI for ICC T20 World Cup 2022

The All-India Senior Selection Committee recently announced the squad to travel for the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup in Australia, with several players marking their return to the team. Players such as Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel have returned to the squad.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel play the part of the spin specialists, with the latter replacing the injured Ravindra Jadeja. The players on standby are Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, and Shreyas Iyer.

With the marquee tournament just over a month away, preparations for the tournament are already in motion as India take on Australia in a 3-match T20I series starting on 20th September 2022, followed by 3 T20Is and 3 ODI’s versus South Africa on 28th September.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘Follow The Blues,’ Irfan Pathan gave his preferred Playing XI for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

“See, in my opinion, if you’re playing the first match, you need to have some experienced bowlers, including one spinner. So, from the top, my playing 11 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 leg spinner so it would be (Yuzvendra) Chahal, 9 to 11, where there will be Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel and along with that you can go for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. So, there will be a combination here, three fast bowlers, out of which two are quality fast bowlers, who will be able to bowl at the death as well. And I will ensure that I have the combination and the liberty to choose from the three fast bowlers, even Arshdeep (Singh), to handle the death bowling. So, in my opinion, in the playing 11, the spinner is clear; it’s just whether I can make space for Arshdeep in the team.”


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