Ravi Shastri has made a bold prediction of players who will prove to be crucial in the upcoming T20 world cup.
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Team India are one of the favourites at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
India, who will start the campaign against Pakistan on October 23, will look win it after 15 long years.
Former coach Ravi Shastri has made a bold prediction of players who will prove to be crucial.
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Instead of naming the usual suspects in skipper Rohit Sharma and star batsman Virat Kohli, Shastri has named 3 spots and 4 players who are likely to play the most important role. The spots named are the middle-order wickets.
“With Surya (Yadav) at No.4, Hardik (Pandya) at No.5, and Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik at No.6 it makes a massive difference as it allows the top order to play the way they are playing,” Shastri predicted.
He also backed the current youngsters as being good enough to help India reach the semifinals at the T20 World Cup. (sportz18.com)
Highlighting the importance of the backbone, he said that batters could bring the cup to India. Ravi believes that the importance increases as India is without key pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is out due to injury.
“I have been part of the system for the last six-seven years, first as a coach and now I am watching from the outside, and I think this is as good a line-up as India has ever had in T20 cricket,” Shastri said at an event on Wednesday.
Shastri said games can be won in the field and pointed to Sri Lanka’s recent success at the Asia Cup where the island nation took a host of key catches in the field during a tight final against Pakistan.
India’s first match at the T20 World Cup comes against arch-rival Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23, before they take on South Africa in Perth, Bangladesh in Adelaide and two teams to progress from the First Round.