ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Three key takeaways from India's squad
Team India [PC: Twitter]
In a significant turn of events, the Indian selection committee announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia yesterday. While the fans celebrated the inclusion of a few players, some players' exclusion stirred debates and discussions.
Anyways, as the team has already been picked, we have got an idea of the message delivered by the selectors and team management. So, let's draw three conclusions analysing the selected squad.
India prioritise having a potent spin unit
R Ashwin in action [PC: Twitter]
India have covered all the bases in their spin department. They have drafted their most experienced finger-spinner and wrist-spinner in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal, respectively. In addition, there's Axar Patel to serve as the slow left-arm spinner.
The talented tweaker Ravi Bishnoi is in the reserves, while Deepak Hooda can also be effective with his off-breaks. It highlights India's plans to utilise their spinners as wicket-taking options in the World Cup.
India's trust on core players
Rishabh Pant [PC: Twitter]
While Rahul managed only 132 runs, Pant could score only 51 runs at an ordinary strike rate of 124.39.
Despite their underwhelming performances, India didn't press the panic button and announced like-for-like replacements in the eleventh hour. This shows their trust in their core players, who are crucial parts of their plans for the tournament.
Samson's exclusion was on the cards
Sanju Samson in action [PC: Twitter]
Sanju Samson was never in India's World Cup plans. He played in bilateral T20Is only when first-choice players were unavailable.
So when he didn't make it into the Asia Cup squad, it was pretty evident that he wouldn't be picked for the World Cup team either. And the management just proved this assumption correct yesterday.