Best XI of players who played in the 2021 T20 WC but will not play in the 2022 T20 WC
It is inevitable that almost every big event sees a few players missing the tournament. That is a part of the nature of the game. The 2022 T20 World Cup is happening just a year after the previous edition. Yet, a few cricketers will miss the upcoming event. On that note, in this article, we take a look at the best XI of players who played in 2021 T20 WC but will not play in the 2022 T20 WC.
While injuries are the main reason for players to miss a tournament, form is also another crucial factor. A few cricketers retired after the last edition and hence, they will not play in Australia.
Openers: Jason Roy and Chris Gayle
Jason Roy and Chris Gayle will open the batting for this best XI of players who played in 2021 T20 WC but will not play in the 2022 T20 WC. In Roy's case, until a few months ago, he had a chance to be a part of the event. However, successive failures for England led to his axing. England now has Alex Hales and Phil Salt, both of whom are in good form. Chris Gayle has not officially retired but it was clear that the 2021 T20 WC was his last ICC event. Therefore, he is not part of the upcoming edition.
Middle-Order: Jonny Bairstow (WK), Shimron Hetmyer and Rassie van der Dussen
A solid middle-order, all these three batters are missing the upcoming tournament due to various reasons. Bairstow was set to be the most important cricketer for England but a freak injury while playing golf put water on the plans. Hetmyer missed a flight and consequently, West Indies had to drop him from the squad. Rassie van der Dussen will miss T20 WC due to an injury. His absence will be a huge blow for the Proteas.
All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell
It will be a strong all-rounder's unit for this best XI of players who played in 2021 T20 WC but will not play in the 2022 T20 WC. Just like Bairstow, a freak injury has ruled Jadeja out of the T20 World Cup. Axar Patel will instead play as the spin-bowling all-rounder. Kieron Pollard led West Indies in 2021 but he retired from the game recently. Andre Russell has issues with the West Indies Cricket Board and the board has decided to move on.
Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rahul Chahar
Bravo had already announced that the 2021 T20 WC was going to be his last. He retired and hence, will not play in Australia. Bumrah, unfortunately, had to suffer an injury and will miss the competition. Rahul Chahar is fit but Yuzvendra Chahal has gone ahead of him in the pecking order for the Indian Team. Even Ravi Bishnoi is ahead of Rahul Chahar. Rahul will need a strong IPL to enforce a comeback.