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Indian captain Rohit Sharma said that he has decided on Team Indias playing XI for the first match of the ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022 against arch-rivals Pakistan. Like the previous season of the tournament, this year also India will start their campaign against Pakistan and the match between these two teams will be played on 23 October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
For the first time in the history of T20 World Cup matches, Pakistan managed to outperform India last year with a sensational 10-wicket win over Virat Kohli & Co. Now this time Team India will try to forget the previous failure and perform strongly against Pakistan. Team India has experimented with more than 30 players in the T20 team since the T20 World Cup 2021, but in the press conference held on Saturday, they made it clear that what will be Indias playing XI against Pakistan has been decided.
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Rohit Sharma said that I do not believe in last-minute decisions. We want to inform our boys about the team selection well in advance so that they can do their preparation thoroughly. We have already decided the playing XI for the match against Pakistan and those players have already been informed. I dont believe in taking last-minute decisions and I want him to prepare well for this match. At the same time, Mohd was included in the team in place of Jasprit Bumrah. Regarding Shami, Rohit Sharma said that I have not seen Shami playing for a long time, but I have heard good things about him. I will assess him during practice in Brisbane on Sunday. After hearing this, it seems that after seeing his performance in the practice match, it will be thought whether he will be taken in the team or not.
India (IND) Playing11 vs PAKISTAN - 1. Rohit Sharma(C), 2. Lokesh Rahul, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Surya Kumar Yadav, 5. Hardik Pandya, 6. Dinesh Karthik(WK), 7. Axar Patel, 8. Ravichandran Ashwin, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Mohammed Shami, 11. Arshdeep Singh
Pakistan (PAK) Playing11 vs India 1. Mohammad Rizwan(WK), 2. Babar Azam(C), 3. Fakhar Zaman, 4. Iftikhar-Ahmed, 5. Haider Ali, 6. Mohammad Nawaz, 7. Asif Ali, 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Haris Rauf, 10. Naseem-Shah, 11. Shaheen Afridi