The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced a 15-member squad for T20 World Cup 2022. There were not many surprises as obvious names were picked for the biennial tournament. Rohit Sharma was named the captain of the squad while KL Rahul will be playing as his deputy, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Deepak Hooda were the other three batters picked in the squad.
While there was so much talk about India’s wicketkeeping choices, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik both have been included in the 15-member squad. Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, and Axar Patel are three all-rounders that have been added to the squad. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, who missed Asia Cup 2022 with injuries, are back in the mix.
Apart from these two, India have Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Arshdeep Singh as their bowling options. Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, and Deepak Chahar are the four standby players who will be travelling with the team to Australia.
As India were knocked out of T20 World Cup 2021 and the selection of players was criticized, people were eagerly waiting for the squad announcement. Now, as it’s out, Indian cricket team fans were quick to share their views on the 15-member squad. While a few looked happy, a few questioned Sanju Samson’s exclusion.
Check reactions here:
What is the point of picking Shreyas Iyer in reserves for Australia ahead of Sanju Samson? 🤔— India Fantasy (@india_fantasy) September 12, 2022
What a poor selection of players for the #T20wc2022 by BCCI & Jay Shah. Many names missing, likes of Shami, Siraj, Shardul, Sanju Samson to name few. Only Inexperienced Arshdeep, Harshal, and Out of form Bhuvi?— Kumar D (@aka_dpu) September 12, 2022
Farewell ICC Men T20 WC, we’re not winning it. Stupid & Fool BCCI. pic.twitter.com/IRc2gNr3uj
— Abhinandan Nahata (@khelgyani_abhi) September 12, 2022
The T20I was vs Afg did give the hint that India will not drop Pant/Hooda but with all the noise around Samson 1⃣ https://t.co/huFy2ZtuN9
India squad for ICC T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players - Mohd. Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.