Robin Uthappa believes that the BCCI has picked a strong Team India squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022, which will be played in Australia from October 13 to November 16.
He also hailed India’s spin attack for the T20 World Cup 2022 but feels the Men in Blue will have to find clarity over the No. 5 spot.
The veteran Indian cricketer suggested that there will be a toss between Rishabh Pant and Deepak Hooda for the No. 5 spot in the Indian cricket team for the showpiece event in Australia.
As reported by ESPNCricinfo, Robin Uthappa stated: “[Yuzvendra] Chahal, Akshar [Patel], and Ashwin are all intelligent, shrewd, and wicket-taking bowlers. Their intent will be to always look for wickets. The top four looks extremely formidable and the lower-middle order looks solid as well. They just have to find clarity over that No. 5 spot. That would be between Rishabh Pant and Deepak Hooda.”
Speaking about India’s fast-bowling attack, the cricketer noted: “I think it is important to have a left-arm fast bowler, and they have that in Arshdeep Singh and he will be very effective in the death overs. Bhuvi has shown what he can do and I think he will be effective in Australia as well. I feel very confident about the fast bowling lineup. The bowling is in a good state.”
Uthappa signed off by saying, “I think the thought process behind Mohammad Shami's selection is that he is someone who has played a lot of these ICC tournaments in the past. In case there is any need for a replacement, they will have an experienced player at their disposal.”
Here’s India's 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 – Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.