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India T20 WC Squad: Final preparation for World Cup starts for Rohit Sharma & Co, 6 T20’s to prepare India for WC: Check OUT


India T20 WC Squad: IND vs AUS LIVE, IND vs SA LIVE: Rohit Sharma & Co will return home disappointed and watch SriLanka vs…

India T20 WC Squad: IND vs AUS LIVE, IND vs SA LIVE: Rohit Sharma & Co will return home disappointed and watch SriLanka vs Pakistan Asia Cup Final on Sunday. But they don’t have the luxury to mull over what happened in the Asia Cup. They are set for a marathon before T20 World Cup. Team India will travel a whopping 8800 kilometers in just 14 days, spending 11 hours on flight. In this marathon, Virat Kohli and others will play 6 T20Is against Australia and South Africa. All these to prepare for T20 World Cup 2022. Follow India vs Australia LIVE & India vs SouthAfrica LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.

The selectors are expected to name a combined squad for T20 World Cup, Australia and South Africa series. That 15-man squad besides three travelling reserves are set to play together in those 6 games besides two warm-up matches in Australia to prepare for T20 WC. But what is troubling for Team India is the sheer volume of kilometers they have to travel to do that.

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India T20 WC Squad: Team India’s scheduling madness

  • India will play Australia starting September 20 in the north in Mohali.
  • From Mohali, the team will leave for Nagpur in the West
  • From Nagpur, Rohit Sharma & Co will travel to Hyderabad in the South — all these within a span of 6 days.
  • But it doesn’t end there, during these 6 days, a fatigued Team India will spend 5 hours in flight, travelling over 3000 kilometres
  • From Hyderabad, India travel to Thiruvananthapuram for 1st T20 against South Africa.
  • And then comes the most tricky part, players will have to travel to Guwahati which is 3400 kilometres away.
  • If India take the commercial route, it will take players to reach Assam capital a minimum of 10 hours.
  • From there, the team will have to travel to Guwahati.
  • IND vs AUS: Mohali to Nagpur: 1330kms/ 2hrs Flight
  • IND vs AUS: Nagpur to Hyderabad: 500kms/ 1hr flight
  • IND vs SA: Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram: 1300KM/ 1.5hrs flight
  • IND vs SA: Thiruvananthapuram to Guwahati: 3400/ 10hrs in case of commercial flight
  • IND vs SA: Guwahati to Indore: 2200KM – 6hrs (No direct flight)

India T20 WC Squad: Asia Cup Sprint OVER, Rohit Sharma & Co set for BILATERAL MARATHON, to travel 8800kms in 14 days for 6 matches before T20 World Cup, Follow LIVE Updates

India T20 WC Squad: After Asia Cup 2022 disaster, Rohit Sharma & Co to travel 8800kms to prepare for T20 World Cup 2022, IND vs AUS LIVE, IND vs SA LIVE

Just a reminder, India will also play a couple of practice matches in Australia before the T20 World Cup. India’s first practice match will be against Australia on October 17, followed by a match against New Zealand on October 19. Hence, there will be a high chance of players’ injury. Can India risk injuries before the mega event, especially when winning the trophy is an utmost priority? Perhaps, not. One of the selectors is not happy either. But he leaves it to the team management to “deal with it”.

“Yes, it’s tricky. On one hand, you are getting quality match practice from two of the favourite teams to win the tournament. On the other hand, you will risk injuries and fatigue because of the travel time involved. It would have been ideal to avoid Guwahati altogether and have matches at venues with direct flight connectivity. But Rahul (Dravid) and Rohit will have to deal with it and rotate to keep everyone fresh,” a selection committee member told InsideSport.

But before the marathon, the selectors have injury problems to deal with. Jasprit Bumrah is still doubtful while Ravindra Jadeja is all but certain to be out of the World Cup. Harshal Patel is close to recovery but yet to pass the final fitness test.

It should also be noted that after the failure at Asia Cup 2022, both Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma will have to address the shortcomings. Dinesh Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin are two dilemmas besides Rishabh Pant. The young wicketkeeper-batsman has been India’s Man Friday in Test cricket on numerous occasions. But he has become a liability in T20Is with the form he is in. Ishan Kishan is a possibility but Dravid’s “keep backing players” mantra may keep Pant in the squad.

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  • Jasprit Bumrah: Back injury (Expected return to be determined)
  • Ravindra Jadeja: Knee Injury (Undergoes knee surgery) – Completely RULED OUT of T20 World CUP
  • Harshal Patel: Rib Injury (Expected to return for Australia series)

Meanwhile, the BCCI is set to pick Indian Squad for T20 World Cup on September 16. As reported earlier by InsideSport, the selectors and the team management are still unsure about the fitness of premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Both Bumrah & Harshal Patel have been called to NCA for FITNESS Test.

“There are a few days for squad submission. We need fitness updates on Jasprit and Harshal. So, once everything is there, we will announce the squad. Jasprit is expected to be at the NCA this week for injury assessment. We will know more then,” a selection committee member told InsideSport.

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