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Indian Squad Announced for Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

India has named its 15-player squad for the eagerly anticipated ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, led by the experienced Rohit Sharma. The announcement comes after much speculation surrounding various positions within the team, particularly the wicketkeeper role. Ultimately, the selectors have entrusted Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson with the gloves, marking Pant’s return to international cricket after a year-long hiatus due to a serious accident in December 2022.

India’s Squad for Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

  1. Rohit Sharma (c),
  2. Hardik Pandya (vc),
  3. Yashasvi Jaiswal,
  4. Virat Kohli,
  5. Suryakumar Yadav,
  6. Rishabh Pant (wk),
  7. Sanju Samson (wk),
  8. Shivam Dube,
  9. Ravindra Jadeja,
  10. Axar Patel,
  11. Kuldeep Yadav,
  12. Yuzvendra Chahal,
  13. Arshdeep Singh,
  14. Jasprit Bumrah,
  15. Mohd. Siraj

Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan

Pant and Samson to Don the Gloves

In a decision that drew much speculation and debate, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson have been entrusted with the wicketkeeping duties. Pant’s return to international cricket after a hiatus enforced by a near-fatal accident in December 2022 adds an element of resilience to the squad.

Spin-Heavy Bowling Lineup

India’s bowling arsenal boasts a spin-heavy composition, featuring the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal. Their expertise in exploiting spinning conditions provides a formidable challenge to opposition batsmen.

Pace Battery Led by Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah spearheads the pace battery, with the able support of Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, and vice-captain Hardik Pandya. Their ability to deliver lethal yorkers and varied pace adds depth and versatility to India’s bowling attack.

Stalwarts and Rising Stars in Batting Lineup

India’s batting lineup combines the solidity of seasoned campaigners like Virat Kohli with the exuberance of young talents like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Suryakumar Yadav. Rohit Sharma’s leadership at the top order is expected to anchor India’s batting efforts with finesse and authority.

Notable Omissions and Reserves

While the squad features several expected names, the absence of KL Rahul, a veteran of India’s previous T20 World Cup campaigns, raises eyebrows. Nevertheless, the reserves, comprising Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, and Avesh Khan, stand ready to step in if the need arises.

Tournament Outlook

Placed in Group A alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, Ireland, Canada, and co-hosts USA, India’s campaign promises high-octane clashes and intense rivalries. The much-anticipated showdown against Pakistan on 5 June at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York sets the stage for a riveting start to India’s quest for T20 World Cup glory.

Flexibility in Squad Selection

Teams have until 25 May to make alterations to their squad, with any subsequent changes subject to approval by the ICC’s Event Technical Committee. As the countdown to the tournament begins, India’s squad stands poised to showcase their prowess and determination on cricket’s grandest stage.

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