Deep Dasgupta has picked his favored Indian playing XI for the much-anticipated impact against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup, which will be played this month Oct 24 in Dubai.
The former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman cricket appointed Rohit Sharma alongside one of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan as the openers. Captain Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant made the central order in Deep Dasgupta’s XI. All-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya (subject to bowling shape) capped the team’s batting depth.
According to a video on his YouTube channel, Deep Dasgupta was seen to say:
“I wouldn’t mind KL/Ishan to open with Rohit. Virat at three. Four, Surya. Five, Rishabh. Six, Jadeja. Seven, Hardik but he needs to bowl. That’s my biggest question: ‘Is Hardik bowling or not?’ But anyways hopefully, he’ll bowl.”
Rahul is expected to remain the primary choice, given how he has worn the Orange Cap for most of IPL 2021. Kishan, however, was picked in the side as a backup opener. The southpaw looked on the brink of suffering his place after a slow start for MI in the UAE, but he has arguably grasped it with his last 2-innings in the tournament.
For the bowling strike, Deep Dasgupta went with the likely names of Jasprit Bumrah and Varun Chakrvarthy. He picked an in-form Mohammed Shami over the more encountered Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the 2nd pacer. The former cricker then left the final spot to be flexible and secondary on the pitch conditions.
Deep Dasgupta said
“Eight and nine would obviously be Bumrah and Shami as of now? Bhuvi has not looked that great. So eight and nine [those two guys]. Varun Chakrvarthy at ten. And eleven… seamer batter or spinner depending on the pitch. Already we have Varun Chakrvarthy and Jadeja. If the pitch remains similalry slow and turn-favoring then they might play a leggie or another seamer.”
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Kumar is the only seam choice possible in the team apart from Bumrah and Shami, with Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar in assets. While, Rahul Chahar was the only leg-aspinner to make it into the 15-man preparatory squad. His site is currently in doubt owing to a dip in appearances during the IPL.
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