The India-Pakistan clash in the 2022 T20 World Cup is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. The two arch-enemies clashing at a stadium as iconic as the Melbourne Cricket Ground
(MCG) in the marquee event, it really doesn’t get much better than that.
Both India and Pakistan are part of Group 2 in the Super 12 stage along with South Africa and Bangladesh, while they will be joined by two teams from the qualifiers.
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“I don’t believe in last minute decisions. We want to keep our boys informed about team selection in advance so that they can prepare early. I already have my XI for the Pakistan match. Already those players have been informed. I don’t believe in a last minute thing I want them to prepare well We understand the importance of India vs Pakistan match, but there is no point in talking every time, even when we met during the Asia Cup, we keep talking about the families, what cars do you have,” Rohit Sharma said in a press conference.
“Teams have become fearless and we are looking for the same approach. 140 was a winning total back then, but now teams aim 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 named among the three-man list of reserve players, but has now been added to the main squad ahead of the tournament.
“Mohammed Shami I haven’t seen but whatever I’ve heard is good. We have a training session in Brisbane on Sunday and I’m looking forward to seeing Shami,” the Indian captain said.
India have been dealt a major blow ahead of the T20 World Cup with Jasprit Bumrah ruled out due to a back injury. They have now opted for the experience of Shami for the big event that will get underway this weekend. Besides Bumrah and Deepak Chahar, India will also be without star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who has missed out due to a knee injury sustained during the 2022 Asia Cup in the UAE.
Speaking about the injured pacer, India captain Jasprit Bumrah said that they need to look ahead and by the time the Men in Blue face Pakistan, they will be well prepared for the showdown.
“You can’t show disappointment in injuries, you have to look forward to what we can do. We supported our other boys and we support them. Hope they deliver. We wanted to come here early and acclimatize to the situation. Through the time that we play Pakistan, we will be prepared. We don’t believe in last minute information, I don’t want to believe in telling someone at the last minute that you are playing,” the Indian captain added.
Suryakumar Yadav has proven himself as one of India’s premier batsmen in limited overs cricket. Yadav has scored 1045 runs in 34 T20Is at an average of 38.70 and a strike rate of 176.81, including 109 half-centuries.
He also made a name for himself in ODIs, scoring 340 runs from 13 matches at an average of 34 and a strike rate of 98.83 with two fifty-plus scores.
“Surya can be our X-Factor. Hope he can continue his great form. He is a very confident player and he has confidence and momentum on his side right now,” he added.
India’s T20 World Cup campaign begins with the highly anticipated clash against Pakistan on Sunday, October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.