The IND vs PAK encounter of ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is set to entertain fans from all around the world. IND vs PAK match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is set to take place on October 23 (Sunday) at Melbourne Cricket Stadium in Australia. Rohit Sharma leads India in the tournament while Babar Azam is the captain of Pakistan.
India has named a 15-member squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2022, out of which, Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement is yet to be named. The Indian team has a combination of both senior and young players in the squad. There are a few Indian senior players who might be benched in the IND vs PAK clash. Here we talk about 3 senior Indian players who can be benched vs Pakistan in ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
IND vs PAK: 3 Senior Indian Players Who Can Be Benched vs Pakistan In ICC T20 World Cup 2022
1. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is the first player on this list. R Ashwin is one of the spinners as well as an all-rounder in the India squad. However, since Australian grounds are not spin-friendly, India will not pick too many spinners in the clash against Pakistan.
India might only pick 1 spinner in the match in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been the most impressive spin bowler for the team this year. Moreover, after Axar Patel’s fabulous show in the recent T20I series against Australia, he might be picked as the spin all-rounder in the IND vs PAK match. In addition, being a left-armer, Axar Patel also gives more variation to the team’s spin attack.
2. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik is another senior player who might be benched in the IND vs PAK encounter in ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The right-handed batsman has impressed with his performance in the recent T20 series. However, he has tough competition with Rishabh Pant for the wicketkeeper’s spot.
Pant, who is a wicketkeeper-batsman, is preferred since he is the only left-handed batsman in the top batting line-up. India’s middle order comprises all the right-handed batters and Rishabh Pant’s addition gives a left-right batting attack to the team.
In the match against Pakistan too, India might opt to keep a left-hander like Rishabh Pant in the batting line-up. If that happens, Karthik might be benched in the match.
3. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is another senior player who might be benched in the IND vs PAK clash of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Currently, India has not named any replacement for Jasprit Bumrah. Players like Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, or Mohammed Siraj might be named as his replacement.
India might also pick Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement in the playing XI against Pakistan. Arshdeep Singh, with his superb current form, will be another confirmed pacer in the playing XI. Harshal Patel, who plays his first T20 World Cup 2022 tournament this year, can also be picked against Pakistan.
Hence, Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be benched in the IND vs PAK clash. Kumar has also emerged expensive in the recent T20I series against Australia and also Asia Cup 2022.
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