Virat Kohli snubbed? Sanju Samson omitted, chosen as LSG pacer! Irfan Pathan picks India squad for T20 World Cup 2024

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Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has selected the Indian team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Irfan Pathan emphasized the importance of the star batsman Virat KohliThe presence of in major tournaments and addressed misconceptions about his strike rate.

India have failed to secure the T20 World Cup title since their victory in the inaugural edition in 2007 in South Africa. Notably, Irfan Pathan was part of India’s winning team. Pathan received the Man of the Match award in the summit clash for his all-round efforts.

IPL 2024 offers an excellent opportunity for players to secure spots in the team as the T20 World Cup is scheduled immediately after. The selectors are expected to choose the team for the ICC tournament based primarily on their performances in the Indian Premier League.

Irfan Pathan backs Virat Kohli to excel in T20 World Cup 2024

During an ESPNcricinfo Timeout show, Irfan Pathan spoke about his 15-member team for the upcoming major event. The former pacer selected the batsmen including Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Rinku Singh.

Pathan emphasized Kohli’s crucial role in big tournaments, debunking misconceptions about his strike rate and underlining India’s batting prowess.

The selection dilemma centers on the goalkeeper’s role, with Rishabh Pant returning from injury, Jitesh Sharma showing potential and KL Rahul offering versatility. Pathan suggested including two between Rahul, Pant and Sharma as wicketkeepers in the team.

Irfan Pathan excludes Yuzvendra Chahal from India team

Pathan selected Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja as his team’s all-rounders. For the spinners, he picked Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Bishnoi, completing the line-up with the twins’ skills along with Jadeja’s versatile contributions.

Irfan Pathan included Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj as seamers, emphasizing the importance of having a “left-arm fast bowler” like Mohsin Khan for a team to be successful. He favored Mohsin over Arshdeep Singh due to his impressive performances.

India schedule for T20 World Cup 2024

India’s squad for the T20 World Cup is reportedly expected to be unveiled by the end of April, meeting the May 1 deadline imposed by the organisers. Teams can adjust their rosters until May 25, offering flexibility for last-minute changes.

The Indian players not participating in the IPL playoffs will leave for the United States on May 19, forming the initial contingent of the national team.

Date Match Event Time
5th June India vs Ireland NY 8:30 pm Eastern Time
June 9 India vs Pakistan NY 8:30 pm Eastern Time
June 12 India vs United States NY 8:30 pm Eastern Time
June, 15 India vs Canada Florida 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Irfan Pathan’s probable India 15 for T20 World Cup

Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rinku Singh

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja

Goalkeepers: Rishabh pants. KL Rahul, Jitesh Sharma (two of them)

Spinners: Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi

Pacers: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohsin Khan/Arshdeep Singh

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