NEW DELHI- Fit-again pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and death overs specialist Harshal Patel were back as the national selection committee didn’t spring any surprise in the 15-man India squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia starting October 16.
India will play their first match against Pakistan at the MCG on October 23.
Bumrah, who was suffering from back injury and Harshal, who had a side strain, had done an intense rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy and the BCCI medical team has deemed them fit for the marquee series.
Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka (likely Qualifier in India’s group) all have a couple of left-handers in top five and if Ashwin is played, he can exploit that advantage.
The batting unit, which hasn’t performed up to expectations on big days more or less remained the same and in fact there aren’t any new faces from the last T20 World Cup squad save Deepak Hooda, who won’t always be an automatic first XI player.
India Squad For 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.
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