T20 WC 2022: The Indian team for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 was announced by the BCCI earlier this week. As players who have consistently competed for the team earned the 15 spots available in the squad.
There were no significant surprises in the team. The majority of the players in the Indian T20 World Cup team are under large IPL contracts. The athletes have a good amount of recognition.
However, certain Indian players signed contracts at the auction valued at least 10 crore rupees but were not selected for the main Indian team or are reserves for the T20 World Cup in 2022.
Given that 10 crore is not a small value, these players have made it to the headlines. Certain level of disappointment has been conspicuous amongst the fans as well. Without further ado, let us jump onto the list that lies ahead.
T20 WC 2022: Here Are 5 Players Who Could Not Make Their Place in T20 WC 2022 Squad
1. Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson, the captain of Rajasthan Royals (RR), unfortunately did not make the Indian T20 World Cup team despite excelling in the game’s shortest version this year. Prior to the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, RR kept three players on the roster, Samson being one of them. In IPL 2022, he was paid 14 crore rupees.
Samson has accumulated 179 runs at an average of 44.75 in his five T20I innings in 2022. He has the third-highest average among Indian hitters who have scored over 100 T20I runs this year, to put his figures into perspective.
2. Avesh Khan
This year, Avesh Khan, a rising talent, represented India in numerous bilateral T20I matches in the Asia Cup. He was not, however, selected for either the starting lineup or the backups for the ICC T20 WC 2022. At this year’s IPL Auction, Avesh Khan was awarded a large contract from the Lucknow Super Giants worth 10 crore.
3. Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan‘s exclusion from the squad is a little surprising considering that he has scored the third-most runs for India in T20I cricket since the year 2022 began. The young player has 430 T20I runs this year, scoring less runs than Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma combined. Kishan’s omission will be considerably harder to defend if we use a position-wise comparison rather than Shami’s exclusion, which may be supported by pointing up the statistics of Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
4. Shreyas Iyer
The absence of Shreyas Iyer is likewise puzzling. But it may point to a general trend where the board may favor specialized roles and expertise over the players’ present form. If we are to follow the latter concept. Iyer ought to have been given a spot given that he has scored the second-most runs for India in T20I cricket this year.
Apart from Virat Kohli and Deepak Hooda, the 27-year-old is the only other Indian batsman to have maintained a T20I average in excess of 40 in 2022. While simultaneously scoring over 200 runs. He has amassed 445 international runs in the shortest format this season.
5. Ravi Bishnoi
For many teams, following a pattern is non-negotiable, and Ravi Bishnoi can see himself as a victim of that template. With 16 victories under his belt, he is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in T20Is this season. His 2022 bowling average of 17.13 is also the second-best among Indian bowlers. Who have taken at least 10 wickets in T20Is this year.
The 22-year-old has taken at least one wicket in each of his previous seven Twenty20 outings. And in six of those seven games, he has allowed no more than eight runs per over. However, the Indian management decided against having two leg-spinners in the lineup of T20 WC 2022 squad after Yuzvendra Chahal received the nod due to his seniority.