The squad announcement for the upcoming T20 World Cup was always going to face intense scrutiny in light of India’s early elimination from the Asia Cup 2022, which demonstrated how those weaknesses of the Indian team from the previous edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup had not been changed.
On Monday, September 12, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made a 15-man squad announcement. There are those players who will feel pretty unfortunate or who simply wonder what else they need to do to make the national team.
1. Jasprit Bumrah
Prior to the start of the 2022 T20 World Cup, Jasprit Bumrah‘s absence from the ICC competition due to a back stress fracture is said to have dealt Team India a significant blow. He has missed numerous games this season due to injury, and the senior pacer will do so again. Bumrah is anticipated to be sidelined for 4 to 5 months. In addition to the T20 World Cup, he will miss the New Zealand tour as well.
2. Sanju Samson
Every time Samson is passed over by the Indian selection committee for the T20I team, his name will continue to come up in the headlines. Samson is a clean hitter who is at ease against both pace and spin. He may have been very useful in the Australian conditions. The captain of the Rajasthan Royals has received criticism for his inconsistent batting, but India’s middle order might have benefited from his aggressive style.
3. Shubman Gill
Another player who might feel unfairly treated is Shubman Gill. Gill has been in a good patch in limited-overs cricket in recent months after having a wonderful IPL where he performed really well and also increased his strike rate, which was shown in the series against West Indies and Zimbabwe. Gill would have been a great addition to the 2022 T20 World Cup Indian squad.
4. Ravi Bishnoi
With 16 wickets under his belt, Ravi Bishnoi is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in T20Is this season. His 2022 bowling average of 17.13 is also the second-best among Indian bowlers who have taken at least 10 wickets in T20Is this year. However, the Indian management decided against having two leg-spinners in the lineup after Yuzvendra Chahal received the nod due to his seniority.
5. Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan might view it as bad luck that he wasn’t at least on the standby list. Avesh has participated in 15 T20Is during his career, including the last Asia Cup. Despite not having the finest statistics, he has been a part of the team for a while and has had playing experience.