India T20 World Cup 2022 : The Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team will leave for Australia on October 6, two days after the conclusion of the ongoing home T20 series against South Africa and attend a preparatory camp ahead of the T20 World Cup. After landing in Australia, India will train in Perth till October 13, where they will also play a warm-up match against Western Australia. Thereafter, they will travel to Brisbane to play two more warm-up matches against Australia and New Zealand before the start of the proper tournament.
At least five members of the T20 World Cup squad, including standbys, have no experience of playing in Australia. There are five cricketers namely Suryakumar Yadav, Harshal Patel (who did a trip with Under-19s in 2009), Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda (who did a trip with Under-19s in 2013) and Ravi Bishnoi. So these matches will help them adapt to the Australian conditions ahead of the mega event.
Meanwhile, India is still waiting for clarity on the fitness of Deepak Hooda and Jasprit Bumrah. Both Bumrah and Hooda have been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa and are currently recovering from injury at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. After missing out on the Asia Cup, 28-year-old Bumrah only came back for the T20I against Australia at the end of last month. But, now he is getting treatment under the supervision of the medical team at NCA.
The report further states that the fast bowler has not been completely ruled out of the T20 World Cup, but there are serious doubts over his participation. If there are reports of injuries to both Hooda and Bumrah, it is likely that Chahar and Mohammed Shami may find a place in the main team. India are in Group 2 in T20 World Cup 2022 along with Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and two qualifiers. He will start his campaign against Pakistan at the MCG on 23 October.
India T20 World Cup squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul (vice captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh.
Additional Players: Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi and Deepak Chahar.