IPL 2022: 5 players who can eye a comeback in Indian team ahead of T20 World Cup
2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup is slated to from October 16 in Australia.
Updated - Apr 1, 2022 6:22 pm
The 15th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is underway with 10 teams taking on each other to get the priced trophy. Several Indian players would be looking to use the tournament as stepping stone to get their ticket booked for 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
The T20 World Cup is slated to start from October 16 and the final match will be played on November 13. The tournament will be played in Australia. To note, four teams from two global qualifiers will join hosts and the 11 automatic qualifiers from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 make up a total of 16 teams taking on each other to get their hands on the cup.
Meanwhile, team India under the guidance of head coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma had started their preparations for the all-important tournament before IPL. The Men in Blue defeated West Indies and Sri Lanka in T20I series at home. After the IPL, team India will also take on South Africa, Ireland and England in T20I series to prepare for the World Cup.
On that note, let us look at five players who can make their comeback in team India after performing well in IPL:
1. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik was one of the wicketkeeper-batters tried out by India during the Ganguly era of Indian cricket before the arrival of MS Dhoni. The 36-year-old has been in and out of the Indian team and in the limited opportunities he has been given, Karthik has performed well behind the wickets and with the bat as well.
Talking about Karthik’s numbers in T20 cricket, the right-handed batter has represented India in 32 matches in which he has scored 399 runs at a decent average of 33.25 and excellent strike rate of 143.53. Karthik played a top-notch innings against Bangladesh in the final of a tri-series played between India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka few years back.
Karthik has managed to perform well for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2022. Karthik played an excellent knock of 32 off just 14 balls in the first of the Red Army against Punjab Kings. He also made 14 off seven balls and closed out the match for his franchise in a game against Kolkata Knight Riders. The batter will be looking to perform well throughout the season to get another shot of playing for India.