Asia Cup 2022: 5 Players who featured in the tournament but will not be playing T20 World Cup
These players either got injured or will be dropped due to poor performances.
The Asia Cup, hosted just a month and a half prior to the T20 World Cup, is a dress rehearsal tournament before the teams visit Australia. In the tournament, when players like Virat Kohli, Ibrahim Zadran and Pathum Nissanka got back to rhythm, players like Babar Azam, Yuzvendra Chahal or Shakib Al Hasan had a tournament to forget.
Despite their poor form, none of them will be excluded from the T20 World Cup but things need to change massively. Even though these players will be backed because of their previous performances, there are five players who are very unlikely to play the World Cup starting 22nd October. While some failed to live up to their potential, others have been ruled out following an injury or retired from the game.
Thus, here’s five players who featured in the Asia Cup but are likely to miss the T20 World Cup in Australia:
1. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja’s injury is a massive blow to the Indian team. He missed the crucial juncture of the Asia Cup after being ruled out following a knee injury. The team combination was shattered in his absence as India lost two back-to-back matches at the hands of Pakistan and Sri Lanka to get knocked out of the tournament.
Axar Patel, who’s considered as a like or like replacement for Jadeja, is likely to get a call for the T20 World Cup in Australia. Even though Axar was available for selection in the latter half of the continental cup, the team management didn’t bat an eye. Thus, it’s tough to predict his role in the Indian T20I set-up.
Meanwhile, BCCI is very upset with Jadeja as the 33-year-old injured himself while playing adventurous sports in Dubai. The southpaw in India’s very first match of the Asia Cup played a valuable innings of 35 runs off 29 deliveries. In the absence of a left-handed batter, Jadeja proved valuable up in the order. The team management replaced him with Rishabh Pant, who once again had a very poor tournament.