3 Indian players' T20 World Cup chances reduced after England T20 Series
The three-match T20I series between India and England is over, and it was the visiting team that had the upperhand and won it comprehensively. After winning the first two games, England bounced well to avoid the whitewash and the series ended 2-1 in favour of India. But one thing went right for India and that was the change in approach and tactics of the team.
Certainly, the Men in Blue are looking for the right combination for the upcoming T20I World Cup. That is why we saw so many changes in almost every game, in order to find the right person for the right job. As a result, some of them performed really well, while some had below-average performances. So in this article, we will cover the chances of three players that have been reduced after the England T20I series.
3. Axar Patel
The spin-bowling all-rounder only played the first ODI in the absence of Ravindra Jadeja. However, he wasn't able to perform as per expectations with both bat and ball. Axar scored only 17 runs with the bat. But with the ball, he was very ordinary. He bowled two overs and gave away 23 runs without any wickets at an economy of 11.50. Thus, his chances of getting a place in the T20I World Cup 2022 may have decreased.
2. Umran Malik
There is no doubt that he was the find of the Indian Premier League 2022. But so far in his short career, he hasn't done anything spectacular. He got a chance to play in the third T20I in the absence of senior pacers. But his performance was not that eye-catching. In fact, he registered the fourth worst figure by an Indian bowler in the history of T20I cricket. Umran bowled his four-over spell for 1/56 runs at a high economy of 14. It shows that he still needs some time and experience to be a part of such a big event like the World Cup.
1. Shreyas Iyer
Well, a few months back, Shreyas Iyer won the "Man of the Series" against Sri Lanka at home in the three-match T20I series. But this English tour has exposed him completely to the short ball. He got his chance in the third T20I against England and even played a few balls but wasn't able to score as per the required rate. Iyer scored 28 runs off 23 balls at a strike rate of 121.74 when the team were asked to chase at 12 per over. In the end, he got out to yet another short ball. And in Australia, that weakness might be problematic for him. On the other hand, Deepak Hooda is doing a great job, so he might get the edge over Iyer.