The BCCI has announced the India squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. India will have a point to prove after a disappointing performance in the Asia Cup 2022 as well as the previous edition of the T20 World Cup, in which they failed to qualify for the knockout stage after a brutal 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan.
Here we’ll look at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis of the announced India squad:
India’s batting department will again be its backbone in the upcoming encounter. Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma will have to lead the charge. Kohli has finally managed to get his 71st international ton, and will be looking to add more to his collection in the upcoming tournament.
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In the bowling department, the return of Jasprit Bumrah will give India some relief. Indian bowlers like Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not show their mettle in the Asia Cup, and India’s bowling can improve with Axar Patel and Bumrah in the mix.
The form of Rohit Sharma has been a matter of concern. His only impressive performance in the Asia Cup was in the match against Sri Lanka, where he scored a 41-ball 72.
India have also not included Mohammed Shami in the squad. His experience will be missed during the tournament. He has played 17 T20I matches for India, bagging 18 scalps in the process.
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Rohit Sharma needs to win a big tournament to establish himself as a captain worthy of stepping into the shoes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. His teams have not performed well in the IPL (Mumbai Indians, who managed four wins out of 14 matches) and in the Asia Cup (knocked out in the Super 4). It is high time Sharma proves he can lead when it matters the most.
India will be haunted by their performances in recent ICC tournaments. They lost in the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup in 2019 to eventual runners-up New Zealand. The loss in the T20 World Cup to Pakistan, which was their first loss to the fierce rivals in World Cup history, has left a sour taste in the mouths of many fans.