T20 World Cup 2022: Lot of variations in bowling, Ravindra Jadeja would have added value, says Venkatesh Prasad on India’s T20 WC squad

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T20 World Cup 2022: Lot of variations in bowling, Ravindra Jadeja would have added value, says Venkatesh Prasad on India's T20 WC squad
T20 World Cup 2022: Lot of variations in bowling, Ravindra Jadeja would have added value, says Venkatesh Prasad on India's T20 WC squad

T20 World Cup 2022: Lot of variations in bowling, Ravindra Jadeja would have added value, says Venkatesh Prasad on India’s T20 WC squad

T20 World Cup 2022: Legendary Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad on Thursday said that India’s ICC T20 World Cup squad looks really balanced but Ravindra Jadeja‘s presence would have added much more strength had he been not injured.

The legendary pace bowler, who once formed a terrifying bowling partnership with Javagal Srinath, agreed that the current bowling assault has a lot of variety. However, he also wished to witness veteran pacer Mohammed Shami, who is currently on the reserve team.

“It is a balanced squad, really good one. It has amazing batters and all-rounders. Jadeja has missed out but would have added more value. Bowling looks very good. There are a lot of variations. They have brought Arshdeep Singh as a left-arm seamer, he brings a different angle. There is experienced Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar. I would have loved to see Shami though,” said Prasad to ANI.

India’s teams for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia and the domestic T20 International series against Australia and South Africa are chosen by the All-India Senior Selection Committee. Due to an injury, Ravindra Jadeja is unable to play.

Prasad said that the selectors have chosen players who have tried and true and who have excelled in both domestic and international cricket as well as the IPL. Performances have also received the proper weighting.

T20 World Cup 2022: Ravindra Jadeja would have added value, says Venkatesh Prasad
T20 World Cup 2022: Ravindra Jadeja would have added value, says Venkatesh Prasad

Prasad acknowledged that expectations of Indian cricketers are usually high, but claimed that the current team is among the best the BCCI could have chosen.

“There is experience, balance. There is T20 international experience, T20 experience as well. The last time we won in T20 World Cup 2007, we had no experience. But compared to that, the present players have a lot of experience under their belt. And I am hopeful that they will perform well. There is a high level of skill,” he added.

When asked about Virat Kohli’s performance, Prasad responded that everyone must participate since the finest players in the world will be competing.

“Every single individual, be it a batter or bowler will have to perform. T20 is all about momentum. They have to find that momentum, the rhythm, no matter who the player is. They do not have much time. It is a quick format and they need to be hitting their strides very early,” he added.

During the just finished Asia Cup, where he finished as the second-highest run scorer with 276 runs in five games. With an average of 92.00 in a century and two fifties, Virat displayed strong hints of his peak. Additionally, he blasted an undefeated 122* against Afghanistan.

The pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel have returned to the T20 WC team for the World Cup as well as the home series against Australia and South Africa. In addition to being standby players for the T20 World Cup, pacers Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami are also in the teams for the two home series.

ICC T20 World Cup will take place this year from October 16 to November 13.

India squad for ICC T20 World Cup:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

Standby players – Mohd. Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.

(With ANI Inputs)