The clash between India and Pakistan in the 2022 T20 World Cup is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. The two arch-rivals collide in a stadium as iconic as the Melbourne Cricket Ground
(MCG) in the marquee, it really doesn’t get much better than this.
Both India and Pakistan will be part of Group 2 in the Super 12 stage alongside South Africa and Bangladesh, while two teams will join them from the qualifiers.
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“I don’t believe in last minute decisions. We want to inform our guys in advance about team selection so they can prepare early. I already have my XI before the game in Pakistan. Those players have already been informed. I don’t believe in a last-minute decision.” minute thing. I want them to prepare well. We understand the importance of India vs Pakistan competition, but there’s no point in talking every time, even when we met at Asian Cup, we kept talking about the families, what cars do you have,” said Rohit Sharma at a press conference.
“Teams have become fearless and we want to follow the same approach. 140 was a winning total then, but now teams are aiming to get there in 14-15 overs,” he added.
Mohammed Shami has replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the final 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Shami was originally on the three-man reserve list, but has now been added to the main squad ahead of the tournament.
“I haven’t seen Mohammed Shami, but whatever I’ve heard, it’s good. We have training in Brisbane on Sunday and I’m looking forward to seeing Shami,” said the India captain.
India was dealt a huge blow ahead of the T20 World Cup with Jasprit Bumrah being ruled out due to a back injury. They have now chosen Shami’s experience for the big event that kicks off this weekend. In addition to Bumrah and Deepak Chahar, India will also have to do without star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who missed the game due to a knee injury sustained during the 2022 Asia Cup in the UAE.
Speaking of injured pacer Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian skipper said they should look ahead and by the time the Men in Blue face Pakistan they will be well prepared for the game.
“You can’t show disappointment about injuries, you have to look forward to what we can do. We’ve supported our other guys and we support them. I hope they deliver. We wanted to get here early and acclimate to the situation. By the time that we play against Pakistan, we will be prepared. We don’t believe in last minute information, I don’t want to believe in telling anyone at the last minute that you are playing,” the India skipper added.
Suryakumar Yadav has established himself as one of India’s leading hitters in limited pass cricket. Yadav has scored 1045 runs in 34 T20Is for a 38.70 average and 176.81 strike rate, including 109 half-centuries.
He has also made a name for himself in one day internationals (ODIs), scoring 340 runs from 13 games at an average of 34 and a strike rate of 98.83 with two scores over fifty.
“Surya can be our X-Factor. I hope he can continue his great form. He is a very confident player and he has confidence and momentum on his side at the moment,” he added.
India’s T20 World Cup campaign kicks off with the highly anticipated clash against Pakistan on Sunday, October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.