Australia was originally supposed to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2020, but it was postponed due to COVID-19 and was rescheduled for 16 October-13 November this year.
The showpiece event will see 16 teams play 45 matches and the final will be played on November 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The matches will be played at Adelaide (Adelaide Oval), Brisbane (The Gabba), Geelong (Cardinia Park Stadium), Hobart (Bellerive Oval), Melbourne (MCG), Perth (Perth Stadium) and Sydney (SCG).
This is the first time that Australia will host the men’s T20 World Cup after the Women’s T20 World Cup held in February-March 2020.
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IANS took a look at the players in the Indian team who are looking to win the T20 World Cup in Australia after failing to reach knockouts in the tournament’s final season in the United Arab Emirates.
Rohit Sharma (Captain)
Ever since he took over as India captain after a Super 12 exit in the T20 World Cup last year, Rohit has blamed the team’s win in bilateral T20Is, barring his inability to reach the Asia Cup final earlier this year. have led. Under his leadership, India has been a top performer across all formats.
With the bat, Rohit has raised his strike-rate and given India the needed start apart from getting some scintillating half-centuries.
K.L. Rahul (Vice Captain)
His form was doubted when Rahul looked poor in the Asia Cup 2022, but since scoring 62 against Afghanistan in the last Super Four match, Rahul has regained his form, as seen in five matches against Australia and the South. Has been seen from the three half-centuries found.
All eyes were on how Kohli would fare when he returned to competitive action in the Asia Cup. After a poor start, Kohli has regained his old form. Took it up a notch when he scored an unbeaten 122 against Afghanistan.
Currently rated as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world by many experts, Suryakumar has proved to be the X-factor for India with the bat.
The year 2022 has seen the right-handed batsman in the form of his life, becoming the leading run-scorer in T20Is this year through breath-taking and audacious stroke play.
This year has seen a strong presence of Hooda in India’s plans for white-ball cricket. In February, he made his ODI debut as a middle-order batsman and in March he played his first T20I against Sri Lanka.
Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper)
However, head coach Rahul Dravid insisted that Pant is part of India’s T20 plan. Though he is a left-handed batsman who can bat anywhere from the top to the middle order, Pant’s comeback in T20s has been tough.
Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper)
Since returning to the T20I squad against South Africa in June after a decent performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL, Karthik has been bringing in the necessary finishing act in the last five overs, making him a key player for the team. Huh.
His unbeaten knock of 55 off 27 balls on the tough Rajkot pitch and an unbeaten 19-ball 41 against West Indies in Trinidad are just a few examples of Karthik’s finishing role in recent times, which has benefited India, although he played an important role in South Africa in Indore. against 46 runs in 21 balls.
Since his return to the T20 squad in June, Pandya has been a key figure in India’s recent success. He has been a dependable figure with the bat, but his success with the ball has contributed to his all-round performance.
The match-winning performances against England and Pakistan have shown his importance in the team, which will come in handy in Australia.
Ashwin has been one of India’s most effective bowlers in T20 cricket since his surprise return for the T20 World Cup in 2021. He uses his carrom ball and arm ball to good effect and is adept at dismissing left-handed batsmen.
Considered India’s premier spinner in the shortest format of the game, Chahal took only two wickets in the recent series against Australia. Chahal did not play in the series against South Africa. But with Australian conditions known to favor wrist spinners, one can expect Chahal to be back in form ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Axar finished his game with eight wickets in the series against Australia at an economy rate of 6.3 and was named Player of the Series in India’s 2–1 victory over Australia.
The right-arm pacer will now play the role of a fast bowler in the T20 World Cup in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. Though he has been India’s leading wicket-taker in T20s this year, his form in the death overs has been a matter of concern.
In India’s T20 team in the last 11 months, Harshal missed out on West Indies and the Asia Cup due to a rib injury due to his handling of slow deliveries and delivery in the death overs.
A left-arm seamer who can swing the ball both ways and perform extremely well in the death overs, Arshdeep is a find for the Indian team in T20s this year.
Shami had to miss India’s recent T20I series against Australia and South Africa after testing positive for COVID-19. The right-arm pacer has not played international cricket since July and has not played in T20 Internationals since the T20 World Cup in UAE last year.
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