T20 World Cup 2022: India’s bowling capabilities will be put to the test in the 2022 T20 World Cup with injuries to both Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, as well as a recent scar from Deepak Chahar.
After recuperating from COVID-19, Mohammed Shami is anticipated to replace Bumrah, although it’s unclear how near to peak performance he will be. Therefore, as of right now, India’s bowling lineup consists of Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, and all-arounder Hardik Pandya. Given that none of them has regularly taken wickets over the previous several games, the group plainly lacks leadership.
Similar to the Border Gavaskar Trophy Test Series in 2020–21, it is a fantastic chance to rise to the occasion and change the course of history. We’ll look at the three bowlers who may lead India in wickets in the next T20 World Cup below.
T20 World Cup 2022: Here are 3 Indian Bowlers Might Take Most Wickets In The Event
1. Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal, who wasn’t even selected for the 2021 T20 World Cup team, appears to be the bowling unit’s most assured member for the 2022 tournament due to recent bowling changes and injuries.
The leg-spinner has only participated in four Twenty20 Internationals in Australia, taking four wickets at an average of 29.25, but the large boundaries will complement his clever line and length changes. He has demonstrated this by taking seven wickets in three ODIs in Australia.
Chahal will often have to carry the entire unit without Bumrah. Who will no longer be the spin attack leader. This is somewhat similar to his position at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), where he excelled for years. In IPL 2022, he adjusted well to Rajasthan Royals (RR) and earned the Purple Cap with 27 wickets.
Chahal will undoubtedly play a part in India’s success if they win the World Cup, however it is unclear if he will be able to overcome his previous struggles.
2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar is still India’s most complete bowler coming into the World Cup despite his inconsistent recent play. When it comes to swinging the new ball and slowing down towards the end of the game. He has more experience than Arshdeep and Harshal.
Despite Bhuvneshwar’s underwhelming statistics in Australia, players like Arshdeep and Harshal have no prior experience playing in challenging conditions. India will probably only participate in one of the two. And Bhuvneshwar will become even more important if Shami is unable to play.
The majority of Bhuvneshwar’s overs are thrown on the powerplay and the last over. After a disappointing series against Australia, his yorker and variations will need to be improved. However, as the field dries up, he could be able to pick up some cheap wickets with his yorker.
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3. Hardik Pandya
Hardik is the next dependable bowler in the lineup after Chahal. He has more time to concentrate on his bowling since Dinesh Karthik assists with finishing. The all-around player has improved his fitness to meet the requirements.
Hardik won Player of the Match honours after taking three crucial wickets in Pakistan during the opening Asia Cup 2022 match. This happened shortly after he bowled against England for 4/33, which was his finest bowling performance.
Hardik bowled in critical moments and claimed eight wickets in 15 matches at an average of 27.75 during the IPL 2022. When he helped Gujarat Titans (GT) win the championship in their inaugural season.
It’s interesting to note that Hardik is also India’s most seasoned T20I bowler in Australian conditions. He has participated in six matches in the nation and has taken three wickets with a strike rate of 14% and an average of 26.
His batting, bowling, and general attitude were criticised most harshly during the most recent T20 World Cup. The 28-year-old will be eager to put a stop to it once and for all at this World Cup after mostly stifling that over the last year.