Pakistan team is gearing up for ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Pakistan will face India in their opening encounter of the tournament on October 23 (Sunday). The IND vs PAK match will take place at Melbourne Cricket Stadium in Australia. The Babar Azam-led side gave a big blow to India in Asia Cup 2022.
In the super 4 round, they defeated India in the opening game and then managed to get a ticket to the final where they ended up as runners-up. Pakistan has the potential to crush India in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 as well and they will aim for the same. Here we talk about Pakistan’s playing XI vs India in the IND vs PAK encounter of ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
IND vs PAK: Pakistan’s Playing XI vs India For ICC T20 World Cup 2022
Openers & Wicket-Keeper- Mohammad Rizwan & Babar Azam
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam should be the openers for Pakistan in the IND vs PAK match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Rizwan should also be the wicketkeeper for the team. Rizwan is currently the top-ranked batsman in T20I cricket while Babar Azam holds the 3rd rank.
Hence, they are among the top batsmen in T20Is right now. In the previous series against England, both of them finished as top run-getters in the tournament. Rizwan smacked 316 in 6 games while Azam scored 285 in 7 games.
Middle-Order- Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed & Asif Ali
For the middle-order batsmen in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 game against India, Pakistan can pick Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Asif Ali. While Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed will play in the top middle order, Asif Ali will bat in the lower middle order. Iftikhar Ahmed scored 99 runs in 5 games in the previous T20I series against England.
Khushdil Shah scored 63 runs in 4 games in the series. Asif Ali smacked 34 runs in 4 games with one unbeaten knock. Although Asif Ali is battling poor form, he is an experienced lower-order batsman who gave an outstanding performance in last year’s T20 World Cup.
All Rounders- Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz & Mohammad Wasim
For the all-rounders in the India vs Pakistan clash of ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan can pick Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Mohammad Wasim. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan gave a decent performance in the previous series against England. While Nawaz scalped 5 wickets in 7 games, Shadab Khan picked 3 wickets in 3 games.
Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz will be spin all-rounders for the team. They also have the ability to smash big shots while batting. For the pace all-rounder, the team can pick Mohammad Wasim. The right-arm medium pacer hunted 2 wickets in 4 games in the previous series.
Bowlers- Shaheen Afridi, Harif Rauf & Mohammad Hasnain
The three pacers that can be part of Pakistan’s playing XI in the IND vs PAK encounter of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 are Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Hasnain. Shaheen Afridi is the most powerful pacer for Pakistan who returns to the field after a long time. The left-arm pacer is all refreshed to undertake his on-field duties.
Right-arm pacer Harif Rauf is an in-form bowler for Pakistan. Rauf finished as the top wicket-taker in the recent T20I series against England. He grabbed 8 scalps in 6 games at an average of 23.62. Mohammad Hasnain might be the third pacer for Pakistan. The right-arm pacer hunted 4 wickets in 4 games in the previous series.
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