54 Contenders for the Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad — Do Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli Deserve a Spot?

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Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad

Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad – All Rounders and Spinners

What Is India’s Best Lower Order/All Rounders? (Pick 2-3)

Who are India’s best all rounders?

Hardik Pandya & Ravindra Jadeja are India’s best all-rounders across format, especially in T20Is. Other Indian all-rounders include Axar Patel, Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar, and Shahbaz Ahmed.

Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are almost certainties to go to the T20 World Cup. However, with Pandya’s perennial injury issues and Jadeja’s sudden lack of form, India need to have ready replacements if necessary for the lower order/allrounder spot.

24. Hardik Pandya 🟩

Current Status: Incumbent (if fit) Other Roles: Right Arm Medium Pacer

  • T20Is: 54, Runs: 553, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 42*, AVE+SR: 166.77, AVE: 20.48, SR: 146.29, Wickets: 42, Best: 4/38, Economy: 8.23
  • T20s: 180, Runs: 3025, 100/50: 0/10, Best: 91, AVE+SR: 170.15, AVE: 28.80, SR: 141.35, Wickets: 114, Best: 4/38, Economy: 8.13
  • Last Played T20Is for India: November 8, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 31 matches, Runs: 636, 100/50: 0/3, Best: 87*, AVE+SR: 177.67, AVE: 31.80, SR: 145.87, Wickets: 4, Best: 1/13, Economy: 7.56

Pros ✅: Provides balance; In-form; Floater/Power Hitter; Loves to hit Spin

Cons ❌: Fitness/Injury Prone

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Opening fast bowler. Captain. Good fielder. Middle order #4 batter and a finisher. Pandya has done everything, including injuring himself again.

25. Ravindra Jadeja 🟩

Current Status: Incumbent Other Roles: Left Arm Orthodox

  • T20Is: 58, Runs: 326, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 45*, AVE+SR: 146.15, AVE: 21.73, SR: 124.42, Wickets: 48, Best: 3/15, Economy: 7.04
  • T20s: 283, Runs: 3013, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 62*, AVE+SR: 154.34, AVE: 25.53, SR: 128.81, Wickets: 191, Best: 5/16, Economy: 7.59
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 27, 2022
  • IPL (since 2020): 37, Runs: 550, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 62*, AVE+SR: 192.16, AVE: 42.30, SR: 149.86, Wickets: 24, Best: 3/13, Economy: 7.85

Pros ✅: Left Hander; Gun Fielder; Gets Through Overs Quickly

Cons ❌: Out of Form

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

After a couple of years of brilliant form, Jadeja has finally hit a brick wall. Only 91 runs at 18.2 average (after 2 not outs) and a strike rate of 119.73. 5 wickets with 8.12 economy is decent but has looked far from his best. Captaincy is weighing heavily on him, and guess what? He also dropped two catches the other day.

Hopefully, this is just a bad patch. With 17 not outs from 30 innings with 192.16 SR + Average in the last 3 IPLs, he is still India’s leading spin all-rounder & finisher.

26. Shivam Dube 🟪

Current Status: Out of Squad Other Roles: Right Arm Medium

  • T20Is: 13, Runs: 105, 100/50: 0/1, Best: 54, AVE+SR: 153.86, AVE: 17.50, SR: 136.36, Wickets: 5, Best: 3/30, Economy: 10.04
  • T20s: 76, Runs: 1259, 100/50: 0/5, Best: 95*, AVE+SR: 161.19, AVE: 23.75, SR: 137.44, Wickets: 33, Best: 3/27, Economy: 8.88
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 2, 2020
  • IPL (since 2020): 27, Runs: 598, 100/50: 0/3, Best: 95*, AVE+SR: 162.55, AVE: 28.47, SR: 134.08, Wickets: 4, Best: 2/15, Economy: 9.87

Pros ✅: Big Hitter; Can Change Momentum

Cons ❌: Inexperience; Inconsistency

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

49, 57, and 95* – Already 3 key innings of note although he has only bowled in first 2 of the 7 matches (wicketless). He is striking as good as anybody in IPL 2022 – 239 runs at 161.48 SR and 39.83 average.

27. Krunal Pandya 🟪

Current Status: Out of Squad Other Roles: Left Arm Orthodox

  • T20Is: 19, Runs: 124, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 26*, AVE+SR: 155.32, AVE: 24.80, SR: 130.52, Wickets: 15, Best: 4/36, Economy: 8.10
  • T20s: 147, Runs:1864, 100/50: 0/4, Best: 86, AVE+SR: 158.19, AVE: 22.73, SR: 135.46, Wickets: 105, Best: 4/15, Economy: 7.33
  • Last Played T20Is for India: July 25, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 36, Runs: 363, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 42, AVE+SR: 145.70, AVE: 19.10, SR: 125.60 ,Wickets: 15, Best: 2/16, Economy: 7.64

Pros ✅: Finishing Experience; In good form

Cons ❌: Ineffective bowler when pitches are not assisting spin

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

4 wickets, 7.21 economy, best of 2/27 with the ball and 11 runs, best of 42, at a SR of 150 & average of 37.00. Krunal Pandya is in a rich vein of form and has acted as a floater for LSG.

28. Venkatesh Iyer 🟨

Current Status: Incumbent Other Roles: Right Arm Medium

  • T20Is: 9, Runs: 133, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 35*, AVE+SR: , AVE: 33.25, SR: 162.19, Wickets: 5, Best: 2/23, Economy: 8.18
  • T20s: 69, Runs: 1491, 100/50: 0/8, Best: 88*, AVE+SR: , AVE: 35.50, SR: 134.08, Wickets: 34, Best: 2/2, Economy: 7.09
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 27, 2022
  • IPL (since 2020): 17, Runs: 479, 100/50: 0/5, Best: 67, AVE+SR: 153.50, AVE: 31.93, SR: 121.57, Wickets: 3, Best: 2/29, Economy: 8.85

Pros ✅: Left Hander; Positive Intent

Cons ❌: 2nd Season IPL Blues; Bats in top order for IPL, but is being molded as a finisher for Team India; Does not bowl enough for an allrounder

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

109 (106) with a 50*. 18.16 average & a 102.83 SR. Has just not looked like his glorious first season yet.

29. Axar Patel 🟨

Current Status: Out of Squad Other Roles: Left Arm Orthodox

  • T20Is: 15, Runs: 78, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 20*, AVE+SR: 145.30, AVE: 19.50, SR: 125.80, Wickets: 13, Best: 3/9, Economy: 6.69
  • T20s: 173, Runs: 1823, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 70*, AVE+SR: 152.44, AVE: 21.70, SR: 130.77, Wickets: 149, Best: 4/21, Economy: 6.84
  • Last Played T20Is for India: November 21, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 34, Runs: 236, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 42, AVE+SR: 149.06, AVE: 15.73, SR: 133.33, Wickets: 27, Best: 3/21, Economy: 6.77

Pros ✅: Accurate bowler; History of finishing games at #6/7 in IPL

Cons ❌: Needs time to settle; T20I inexperience

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Match winning performance of 38* (17) with 2 fours and 3 sixes, but has gone dormant since. Couple of not outs, but not much with the ball. Only 3 wickets (from which 2/10 came in 1 match) at 7.82 economy.

30. Washington Sundar 🟨

Current Status: Out of Squad Other Roles: Right Arm Off-Spin

  • T20Is: 31, Runs: 47, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 14*, AVE+SR: 153.58, AVE: 6.71, SR: 146.87, Wickets: 25, Best: 3/22, Economy: 7
  • T20s: 102, Runs: 924, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 43*, AVE+SR: 142.89, AVE: 21.00, SR: 121.89, Wickets: 78, Best: 3/10, Economy: 6.81
  • Last Played T20Is for India: March 20, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 25, Runs: 200, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 40, AVE+SR: 134.30, AVE: 16.66, SR: 117.64, Wickets: 15, Best: 2/16, Economy: 6.57

Pros ✅: Can bowl in Powerplays and in the middle overs; Left arm hard hitter in the lower order

Cons ❌: Injury issues

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Provided a glimpse of his hitting abilities with 40 (14) with 5 fours and 2 sixes in SRH’s opening game but soon got injured. Has compe back with a couple of wickets and economical spells.

31. Vijay Shankar 🟪

Current Status: Out of Squad Other Roles: Right Arm Medium

  • T20Is: 9, Runs: 101, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 43, AVE+SR: 163.60, AVE: 25.25, SR: 138.35, Wickets: 5, Best: 2/32, Economy: 9.09
  • T20s: 115, Runs: 1733, 100/50: 0/6, Best: 69, AVE+SR:149.69, AVE: 25.11, SR: 124.58, Wickets: 33, Best: 3/12, Economy: 8.22
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 27, 2019
  • IPL (since 2020): 18, Runs: 174, 100/50: 0/1, Best: 52*, AVE+SR: 109.18, AVE: 13.38, SR: 95.8, Wickets: 7, Best: 2/19, Economy: 7

Pros ✅: Has shown glimpses in the past of a steady middle order batter

Cons ❌: Out of Form

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

19 (35) balls in 4 innings with a solitary four tells you the story. Has only bowled 9 balls without a wicket as well.

32. Shahbaz Ahmed 🟪

Current Status: Out of Squad Other Roles: Left Arm Orthodox

  • T20s: 47, Runs: 464, 100/50: 0/1, Best: 60*, AVE+SR: 147.86 AVE: 21.09, SR: 126.77, Wickets: 35, Best: 3/7, Economy: 6.70
  • IPL (since 2020): 20, Runs: 231, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 45, AVE+SR: 156.88, AVE: 21.00, SR: 135.88, Wickets: 9, Best: 3/7, Economy: 7.46

Pros ✅: Calm; Insurance Policy in case wickets fell early; Can hit big sixes and accelearate when necessary

Cons ❌: Bowling dependable only if pitch suits spin

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Even though DK has been the finisher for RCB, Shahbaz ‘s contribution has been spectacular in itself – 27 (20), 46 (26), 41 (27), 32* (21), and 26 (22). His calmness has been wonderful to watch.

Future Prospects: Lalit Yadav, Abhishek Sharma, Raj Bawa

What Is India’s Best T20 Spin Attack? (Pick 2)

What Is India’s Best T20 Spin Attack?

Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, and Ravichandran Ashwin make up India”s best T20 spin attack. Rahul Chahar, and Kuldeep Yadav are close behind, Varun Chakravarthy is the mystery spinner, and R Sai Kishore, Mayank Markade, and Vicky Ostwal are future prospects

33. Yuzvendra Chahal 🟩

Current Status: Incumbent Style: Legbreak

  • T20Is: 54, Wickets: 68, Best: 6/25, Economy: 8.18
  • T20s: 231, Wickets: 264, Best: 6/25, Economy: 7.55
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 26, 2022
  • IPL (since 2020): 32 matches, Wickets: 57, Best: 5/40, Economy: 7.11

Pros ✅: In-Form; Experienced; Wicket-Taker

Cons ❌: Slightly Expensive with Dew

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

The best bowler of IPL 2022 so far – Purple cap, 18 wickets, best of 5/40, hat-trick, 7.28 economy, 11.33 average, 9.3 strike rate.

34. Kuldeep Yadav 🟨

Current Status: Incumbent Style: Left Arm Wrist Spin

  • T20Is: 24, Wickets: 41, Best: 5/24, Economy: 7.07
  • T20s: 108, Wickets: 135, Best: 5/17, Economy: 7.54
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 27, 2022
  • IPL (since 2020): 12, Wickets: 14, Best: 4/35, Economy: 8.22

Pros ✅: In-form; High confidence

Cons ❌: Has been out of the national setup for a while

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

After being benched for most of the last two seasons at KKR, Kuldeep Yadav is looking back at his best under Rishabh Pant at DC. 7 matches, 13 wickets, best of 4/35, 3 player of the match awards already, and a slightly high economy of 8.47. Which is completely fine for wrist spinners.

35. Ravichandran Ashwin 🟨

Current Status: Out of Squad Style: Off-Spin

  • T20Is: 51, Wickets: 61, Best: 4/8, Economy: 6.79
  • T20s: 271, Wickets: 266, Best: 4/8, Economy: 6.92
  • Last Played T20Is for India: November 19, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 35, Wickets: 24, Best: 3/29, Economy: 7.56

Pros ✅: Variations; Economy Rate; Insurance Policy as a batter

Cons ❌: Will he be as effective on Australian conditions as he was in UAE?

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Ashwin has already had two memorable moments in IPL 2022 – Pioneering the ‘Retire Out’ in IPL cricket after being promoted to stop the stem of wickets and that carrom ball to Dre Russ. Other than that, middling returns 4 wickets at 7.60 economy, but has formed a formidable partnership with Chahal.

36. Rahul Chahar 🟨

Current Status: Out of Squad Style: Legbreak

  • T20Is: 6, Wickets: 7, Best: 3/15, Economy: 7.59
  • T20s: 78, Wickets: 5/14, Best: 5/14, Economy: 7.34
  • Last Played T20Is for India: November 8, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 33, Wickets: 38, Best: 4/27, Economy:

Pros ✅: In Form; Can hit a couple of big hits at the end

Cons ❌: T20I experience (hence Chahal is the leading leg spinner)

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Has looked like one of the most dependable bowlers in IPL 2022. 10 wickets with best of 3/25 with an economy rate of 7.32. Even after he got hit for 4 consecutive sixes by Dewald Brevis, Chahar came back and was miserly for the rest of the spell.

37. Ravi Bishnoi 🟧

Current Status: Incumbent Style: Legbreak

  • T20Is: 4, Wickets: 4, Best: 2/17, Economy: 6.75
  • T20s: 53, Wickets: 58, Best: 4/15, Economy: 6.80
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 27, 2022
  • IPL (since 2020): 30, Wickets: 29, Best: 3/24, Economy: 7.17

Pros ✅: Googly expert

Cons ❌: T20I experience (hence Chahal is the leading leg spinner)

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Just okay so far. 5 wickets with best of 2/22 at an economy of 7.82. Not bad, nothing out of the ordinary either.

38. Varun Chakravarthy 🟪

Current Status: Out of Squad Style: Off-spin/Mystery

  • T20Is: 6, Wickets: 2, Best: 1/18, Economy: 5.86
  • T20s: 44, Wickets: 42, Best: 5/20, Economy: 6.99
  • Last Played T20Is for India: November 5, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 37, Wickets: 39, Best: 5/20, Economy: 7.06

Pros ✅: Mystery

Cons ❌: Out of form

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Horribly out of form. 8.84 economy, only 4 wickets, and the best of 1/23.

Future Prospects: Mayank Markande (already debuted for 1 T20I for India, but I doubt he is a prospect due to Chahal-Chahar-Bishnoi), R Sai Kishore, Vicky Ostwal

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About Nitesh Mathur
I dreamt of being a No. 3 batsman saving test matches and hitting winning runs. Well, that did not exactly go to plan, but I have since become an avid follower of the game. As long as there is a live cricket, you can guarantee that I will be checking the scorecards, watching the game live on TV, and certainly, discussing the game and statistics with family and friends.

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