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Irfan Pathan names his India playing XI for the 20-20 World Cup, feels three pacers the best way to go

Rishabh Pant is the notable omission from this playing XI.
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Former Indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan picked his Indian playing XI for the first game of the T20 World Cup 2022 after the 15-member squad was announced. He did this in the blink of an eye. There weren’t many surprises from the selectors as the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel returned to the squad in places of Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan, who played in the recent Asia Cup 2022.  

The selectors have also stuck with Rishabh Pant in the 15-member squad despite his poor returns in the T20I format. However, he could not make it into the playing XI predicted by Pathan. Instead, Pathan wanted Deepak Hooda in the middle order as he can give a few overs of off-spin along with his batting prowess.  

Irfan Pathan said that that he would go for experienced fast bowlers and the lone spinner in the playing XI in the first game considering the conditions in Australia. He further mentioned that Rohit, Rahul and Virat will be his top order batters while Suryakumar, Hooda and Pandya will form the middle order. Dinesh Karthik found a place in Pathan’s XI which meant that Rishabh Pant had to face the axe.  

“See, in my opinion, if you’re playing the first match, you need to have some experienced bowlers including one spinner. So, from the top, my playing 11 would be – Rohit, KL Rahul, number three – Virat (Kohli), number four – Suryakumar Yadav, number five – Deepak Hooda, number six – Hardik Pandya, number seven – Dinesh Karthik, number eight will be a right arm leg spinner so it would be (Yuzvendra) Chahal, 9 to 11, here there will be Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel and along with that you can go for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar,” Pathan told Star Sports. 

“So, there will be a combination here, three fast bowlers out of which two are quality fast bowlers, who will be able to bowl at the death as well. And I will make sure that I have the combination and the liberty to choose from the three fast bowlers, even Arshdeep (Singh) to handle the death bowling. So, in my opinion, in the playing 11, the spinner is clear, it’s just whether I can make space for Arshdeep in the team,” he added.

Irfan Pathan’s Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal 

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