Team India has a twin reason to celebrate Sunday night. Chasing a target of 187 in the third and final T20I against World Champions Australia, the skipper Rohit Sharma-led side claimed a thrilling win by 6 wickets with gigantic contributions of Virat Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. With the 2-1 bilateral series victory, the team registered a milestone achievement of the most number of T20I wins in 2022.
India batter Suryakumar Yadav has asserted that pacer Jasprit Bumrah is absolutely fit and that there are no reasons to worry about him. The Indian fast bowler, who is returning from a back injury that forced him to miss the Asia Cup 2022, was rested for the 1st T20I in Mohali T20I on Tuesday, September 20.
Cameron Green (61 off 30) and Matthew Wade (45* off 21) played terrific knocks as Australia chased down 209 in the first T20I against India in Mohali on Tuesday (September 20). Bowling first after winning the toss, Australia bowlers conceded 208 for 6 as Hardik Pandya smashed an unbeaten 71 off 30, while KL Rahul (55 off 35) and Suryakumar Yadav (46 off 25) also made important contributions.
No big surprises would be on the card in the T20I match against Australia, but surely the two sides may brush up their teams for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 scheduled to be held next month in Australia. Of course, Team India will be playing in full-strength in the series, which is to kick start on September 20, and the only loss is Arshdeep Singh, who is advised to attend routine conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
A brand new Team India kit has been launched with an interesting tagline '#HarFanKiJersey' ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup scheduled to be hosted by Australia in October and November. Dedicated to the fans, a related poster features the likes of Rohit Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Hardik Pandya, Shafali Varma, Suryakumar Yadav and Renuka Singh Thakur.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has stated that Virat Kohli will be an option as opener for the T20 World Cup in Australia. However, he termed Kohli as back-up opener, asserting that KL Rahul will open with him during the ICC event Down Under. He further admitted that leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi was unfortunate to miss out. However, Ravichandran Ashwin was picked because adds a differ dimension to the bowling.
Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has opined that Team India have taken a big risk by picking only four specialist pace bowlers for the T20 World Cup 2022. Johnson pointed out that teams need to play at least three fast bowlers in Australia and, sometimes even four, in venues like Perth.
Despite setbacks in the Asia Cup, the Team India selectors didn’t hit the panic button while making the best composition of players for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The board has stuck with a majority of the same players and just three changes have been made. Two important changes include the return of Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah, making the return of the pack attack to full strength in the short format.
Team India batter Virat Kohli credited his wife Anushka Sharma for standing by him through thick and thin after registering his 71st international hundred on Thursday, September 8 in the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 match against Afghanistan. He also dedicated his century, his first since November 2019, to his wife and daughter Vamika.