Rohit Sharma and Co face their first assignment against arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The match is slated to take place on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). While the fans are waiting with bated breath to watch the action unfold, the Indian team have a task cut out regarding the team selection.
Although the Men in Blue is one of the heavyweights going into the tournament, they had to tackle a few injury problems in the buildup to the marquee event. Speaking on the matter, Suresh Raina, a member of India’s 2011 50-over World Cup-winning team, gave his take on the player who will ‘control the game’.
Suresh Raina emphasises the importance of the role of his ‘go-to’ man
“Suryakumar, the batting that he did in the last two years, I want him to show the same intent. There is one more dark horse. His angle, swing is brilliant. But my go-to man would be Hardik Pandya. He will control the game. he will bowl the crucial overs.”
“And he will finish the game, what MS Dhoni has done for a long period. These players would be very important. Suryakumar Yadav will be game-changer for India but at the same time, don’t forget Arshdeep Singh, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma,” Raina said.
Suresh Raina opines beating Pakistan will sway the momentum in India’s favour
“India need to start well as they face Pakistan in their first match. If we can do well in that match, things will be smooth as India will have the momentum. That is very crucial in the T20s”.