"If all Virat or Rohit or Bumrah play...": Parthiv Patel concerned for India's combination for T20 WC 2024

Parthiv Patel also said that there are concerns over who will be leading India in the T20 WC.

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Team India’s senior players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah will miss another T20I series as the Men in Blue prepare for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Notably, after the upcoming three-match T20I series in South Africa, there's just one more T20I series scheduled for India before the IPL 2024, and this is a three-match series at home is against Afghanistan.

And the T20 World Cup 2024 is set to get underway on June 4 in the West Indies and USA.

Reacting to the same, former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel said that it will be challenging to find the right combination for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2023 for the Indian cricket team, especially when Rohit, Virat and Bumrah are in contention in the Indian XI as well. 

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Parthiv Patel said on Cricbuzz: “India's biggest challenge to me has always been finding that right combination, especially in the T20 format. And we don't have games. Now we are talking about just three Afghanistan games if at all Virat or Rohit or Bumrah play in that. So, I think it is something which India will have to take into account.”

He further explained, “Or else, they will have to go with whoever does well in the IPL. But then you will have to announce the team about halfway through the IPL as well. So, it is a challenge. I am sure that before announcing the team they must have thought of who is in line for the World Cup and whether we want to get them for the Afghanistan series. It is a tricky situation.

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I think they are looking at more options by going with this young squad. There is no lack of supply of talent in India. A problem of plenty is still a problem and we have to find the right combination. In whatever tournaments they have played, India were not out-skilled. They were tactically outplayed. Whether it was the 2023 final, the 2021 T20 World Cup where India was playing that outdated T20 game, in 2019 there was a problem of No.4.”

Parthiv signed off by saying, “I guess Rahul Dravid would be coach, there is also confusion about that. We don't know who will be the captain. I think their biggest problem going into this T20 World Cup would be finding the right combination.”

(With Cricbuzz Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 07 Dec, 2023

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