With the T20 World Cup just four months away, the Indian team is yet to finalize the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. Having been drubbed in the 2021 edition of the tournament which they themselves hosted in UAE, the men in blue will be on a mission to turn things around under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma will be leading Team India for the first time in an ICC event and would like to settle on a squad soon, to start planning their approach as confirmed by head coach, Rahul Dravid. Speaking after the South Africa series, which ended up in an unceremonious draw, Dravid said that he is yet to settle in on the final 18-20 players, but would like to get that done, as soon as possible.
During a post-match presentation in Bengaluru, Rahul Dravid said, “As you come closer and closer to the event, you want to firm up your final squad or if not, you want to have some contingencies in the kind of world we live in today. Obviously, you want to take only 15 to the World Cup but (need to identify) top 18 to 20 players,” he replied to a query about what’s the core team India have.”
He further explained, “Obviously, there could be odd changes due to injury and things that are beyond your control but we are going to start looking to firm up that squad as quickly as possible. Whether that will happen in the next series (Ireland) or series after that (England) is hard to tell but we are certainly looking to do that as quickly as possible.”
The Indian team has to make key decisions about their openers, the place of Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik in the team, and fix the middle order as well. They will also be spoilt for choices in the fast-owling department with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, and Umran Malik, and others available at their disposal.