Team India has flown to Australia to participate in the 2022 T20 World Cup and their first match will be against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 23. Those matches will be played at the beautiful Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where more than 80,000 thousand fans will cheer for both Men in Blue and Babar Azam and Co. India will not play a T20I until that big game, except for the two warm-up clashes. However, Pakistan is not only playing the warm-ups but also taking part in the New Zealand T20I series which also involved Bangladesh. Before the massive IND vs PAK match at T20 World Cup 2022, let’s take a look at four things that could prove to be India’s weak links in the mega event.
No Jasper Bumrah
First thing first. You can’t replace someone like Jasprit Bumrah. He is just too good with both the new ball and the old ball and even in Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj there is no similar substitute for Bumrah. His release points, his cleverness and his skills cannot be replaced. India would definitely miss his services, especially in the death overs.
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Lower middle order
India’s middle class, which includes Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Axar Patel, has not fared very well together. India will need major finishes from them, but whether they can deliver in Australian conditions is questionable. Fact is, these 3 didn’t get a chance to finish games for India because India experimented too much. Then there is a curious matter of Rishabh Pant. He hasn’t had a great performance in T20Is and if he plays it will put more pressure on players like Hardik and Karthik. Pants must perform. But its shape is a concern.
KL Rahul and Rohit as openers
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the top 3 could become a concern for India at the T20 World Cup. They have been playing in this template for a long time and teams have realized their weaknesses and strengths. Rahul’s form is on and off, while Rohit has blown hot and cold as well. India long ago had to whip up a left-handed opener, but it can’t now. A lot of Team India’s chances depend on how these 3 go together.
No Bumrah means India will have to find ways to pick wickets with the new ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has failed to do that in the recent past and he has even struggled with the old ball. Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel and Hardik Pandya will have to resign. It’s the bowling that wins you the tournaments and India needs at least two pacers to be in top form at the Wor Cup.