India captain Rohit Sharma said that more or less 80-90 percent of the team was set for the T20 World Cup 2022 but there were still spots open and changes could be made accordingly if needed. India hadn’t fared well in the previous edition of the tournament, crashing out in the league stage itself.
India had lost to Pakistan and New Zealand in the league stage and despite winning their remaining matches, failed to progress to the semi-finals. However, since then Rohit Sharma took over the captaincy from Virat Kohli and India have won 7 series on the trot losing only four matches in the progress.
However, before that Rohit and Co are set to take part in the Asia Cup 2022, which is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, August 27 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). India’s Asia Cup campaign starts on Sunday, August 28 with the match against Babar Azam’s Pakistan in Dubai.
There Is Still About Two-And-A-Half Months Left For The T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma
This will be probably the last opportunity for India to experiment for the T20 World Cup against some tough teams in the format like Pakistan and Afghanistan. After this, India will host Australia and South Africa for three T20Is each, while Proteas will also play three ODI matches as well.
Captain Rohit felt that these matches are enough for him and the team management to find the right team combination.
“There is still about two-and-a-half months left for the T20 World Cup. Before that, we have the Asia Cup and two home series against Australia and South Africa. So, more or less 80-90 percent of your team is set. Of course there could be three-four changes if at all, depending on the conditions. As of now, we have been playing in India and will play in the UAE, so the conditions in Australia will be different. We need to check what suits our team in Australia,” Rohit said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Mumbai.
Rohit further stressed the need to create bench strength and test them out against tough opponents and in crucial situations.
“(Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohd) Shami and all these guys will not be with the Indian team forever, so you have to try and prepare the other guys. Myself and Rahul bhai spoke about how we are going to create our bench strength because that’s going to be very crucial considering the amount of cricket we play, considering the injury factors and everything. We never want to be a team that relies on one or two individuals, we want to be a team where everyone can contribute and help the team win on their own,” he added.