“Sreesanth takes it” – these words of Ravi Shastri while commentating during the final moments of the inaugural T20 World Cup final still echo in every Indian cricket fan. It was the first-ever T20 World Cup and a young Indian team under the leadership of MS Dhoni stunned everyone by lifting the trophy. However, Men in Blue have failed to get their hands on the championship ever since.
They came very close to winning the trophy in 2014 but lost the final to Sri Lanka. Team India looked determined to win the T20 World Cup in 2016 but fell short in the semifinals. The time of redemption is here as the T20 World Cup 2022 is set to begin in mid-October in Australia.
With Jasprit Bumrah ruled out due to injury and their bowling struggling badly, many have already written off Team India ahead of the mega event. However, there are still many who believe that India have enough firepower in their arsenal to lift the championship this time around.
In this post, we will take a look at three reasons why India could win the T20 World Cup 2022.
1. The Mighty Batting Unit
The biggest positive for Team India currently is their batting. They have a lot of firepower in their batting that is clicking at the right time. Skipper Rohit Sharma is setting up the template of aggression right from the top. The classy KL Rahul perfectly complements his skipper and plays according to the situation. Furthermore, Virat Kohli is back in form and his record in Australia is a massive plus for Men in Blue.
The emergence of Suryakumar Yadav has taken the world by storm at number four, while Hardik Pandya has been a player reborn since his comeback from injury. Add Dinesh Karthik to this batting unit as the finisher and we have the most fearsome batting unit in the world at the moment. The addition of DK to the Indian batting unit has allowed the top five batters to keep their attacking intent from the word go.
2. Spin Bowling
While many doubts are persisting over India’s pace bowling, India have assembled a strong spin attack for the T20 World Cup. Axar Patel is a like-to-like replacement for Ravindra Jadeja. While he might not be as effective as Jaddu with the bat, he is an upgrade over him as the left-arm spinner. Furthermore, Axar Patel can also bowl in the powerplay.
Yuzvendra Chahal is currently one of the best leg-spinners in the world. He is an attacking bowler who goes for wickets and is not afraid to toss the ball in the air. Australia’s big boundaries will help Yuzi’s variations and he could be India’s trump card there. Furthermore, India also have experienced Ravi Ashwin in their squad who could be included in the playing XI as per the demand. Ashwin is no longer an off-spinner in T20s and can be considered a mystery spinner.
3. Rohit Sharma’s captaincy
Despite all of the accolades India won under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, he was criticized for his failure in the ICC events. India’s current skipper Rohit Sharma has now been touted as the skipper to bring the ICC trophy to the nation. The Hitman already has the experience of winning five IPL trophies. Rohit Sharma is a calm personality who knows how to shuffle his bowlers in the middle. His captaincy could be an X-factor for India in Australia as they could finally end their 15-year drought of winning the T20 World Cup T20.