Playing XI when India last played a T20 World Cup Semi-Final: Where are they now?
India will take on England in the second semi-final of the 2022 T20 World Cup on Thursday. The game will happen at the Adelaide Oval. The last time India played a T20 World Cup semi-final was in 2016. India lost that game to West Indies. In this article, we take a look at the playing XI when India last played a T20 World Cup Semi-Final and the current whereabouts of the players.
India's performance in recent ICC tournaments has been disappointing. While they had an early exit in a few events, in most of the other tournaments, it has been about losing in the pressure game. The fans will hope that it does not repeat in the 2022 T20 WC.
Openers: Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were the openers in the playing XI when India last played a T20 World Cup semi-final. Both the players had a good start but they could have played quicker in that game. While Rohit Sharma is leading the country in the 2022 T20 World Cup, Rahane is still active in the game. He recently captained Mumbai to its first-ever Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy win. Rahane is targeting a comeback to the Test squad.
Middle-Order: Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni (C&WK)
Virat Kohli was in stunning form in that game. He scored 89 runs from 47 balls to take India to a good total. MS Dhoni got 15 runs in that game. While Virat is still a part of the XI, MSD has retired and is currently playing in IPL. Suresh Raina retired from all forms of the game and is exploring opportunities in overseas leagues. Manish Pandey is out of the Indian Team. He will look to make a statement by performing well in the next IPL.
All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja were the all-rounders in the playing XI when India last played a T20 World Cup semi-final. Hardik is still a part of the Indian XI and so is Jadeja. But due to an injury, Jadeja is not playing in the 2022 T20 World Cup. In the full-strength Indian XI, both of these players feature as all-rounders.
Bowlers: R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah
R Ashwin is still part of the Indian XI and will have an important role to play against England. Bumrah missed out on the T20 World Cup 2022 due to an injury. Ashish Nehra has retired from the game and is the Head Coach of Gujarat Titans. He also works as an expert and commentator.