T20 World Cup 2022: Irfan Pathan left this big star out of his India playing XI


As the T20 World Cup is approaching, the discussion on India’s squad for this mega event has become a hot topic. While the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli missed the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa, Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik’s form in the series has certainly given the team management a selection headache. While Kishan emerged as the highest run-scorer in the series, Karthik was the Indian batsman with the best strike rate, something that India would look to go from match-finisher to the world competition starting October 16 in Australia.

One of the many selection headaches, which might bother the Indian team management the most, would be the wicketkeeper to be picked for the playing XI.

While Pant has been India’s first choice for a long time, Karthik has emerged as their biggest competitor of late due to his recent batting form.

As other cricket pundits start predicting his squad for the world event to be held in Australia later this year, former India cricketer Irfan Pathan also picked his team.

On Star Sports, Irfan Pathan picks his playing XI for the T20 World Cup. Rishabh Pant was one of the prominent names missing from his playing XI, with the former pacer picking up Dinesh Karthik.

Before revealing his choice, Pathan was asked on Star Sports on Sunday whether Pant would be disappointed with his batting performance in the South Africa series which ended in a 2-2 draw.

To this, the former all-rounder said: “Yes, he should be disappointed with himself… he is always being criticized for getting out like this and he needs to change that… Pant is a powerful player, but if He can push his limits, his career can be much better.”

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Then talking about Dinesh Karthik, Pathan said: “You rarely find a player with shots like this. He spins and plays well. If you can tell him to play aggressive cricket by the word itself. If asked for, he can do that too and for that to be a finisher, that’s very important.”

Irfan Pathan’s India XI for the 2022 T20 World Cup: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah.

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