What is the average age of India's T20 World Cup 2022 squad and how does it compare with other editions?
The 15-member squad heading to the 2022 T20 World Cup is the oldest in India's tournament history.
The Indian team will head to Australia with the hope of clinching their second T20 title after a hiatus of 15 years. The Men in Blue have struggled to go the distance in ICC events and have not been able to get their hands on a major trophy since the 2013 Champions Trophy triumph under the mercurial MS Dhoni. The 15-man squad designated for the upcoming T20 World Cup is the oldest in comparison to the previous campaigns and the fans will hope that their experience amounts to something special this year.
Led by the flamboyant Indian opener Rohit Sharma, the Indian team has an average age of 30.2 years, which is the highest in comparison to all the previous Indian sides in the tournament. The inaugural edition of the tournament in 2007 saw a young Indian team clinch the coveted trophy under Dhoni, with an average age of just 23.6 years.
India's two biggest stars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have a combined age of 68 years and the veteran Dinesh Karthik (37 years), who is going to be one of the oldest players in the upcoming tournament. The spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal bring a wealth of experience to the Indian team but they also raise the average age considerably, with a combined age of 68 years. The average age has inflated from last year's tournament, which was 28.9 years.
Here is how India's average squad age compares to previous T20 World Cups
|Year||Combined Age||Average Age|
* India squad had 16 players in 2016, as opposed to 15 in all other editions.
India's squad for T20 World Cup 2022:
Rohit Sharma (c) (35 years), KL Rahul (30 years), Virat Kohli(33 years), Suryakumar Yadav(32 years), Deepak Hooda(27 years), Rishabh Pant (24 years), Dinesh Karthik (37 years), Hardik Pandya (28 years), R Ashwin (36 years), Yuzvendra Chahal (32 years), Axar Patel (28 years), Jasprit Bumrah (28 years), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (32 years), Harshal Patel (31 years), Arshdeep Singh (23 years).