India’s World Cup Squad Still Unsettled, says Shoaib Akhtar
Rohit Sharma and Ajit Agarkar confident in their team selection
India captain Rohit Sharma and chief selector Ajit Agarkar said they have picked the best team from available resources and the 15-man Indian squad can go all the way to lift the World Cup. Rohit said India have all bases covered with four seam-bowling options, two spinners, and batting till 8 being their preferred combination.
- India confident in their team selection
- 15-man Indian squad ready to compete in World Cup
- Batting till 8 gives India a strong lineup
Shoaib Akhtar questions India’s settled squad
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, however, doesn’t believe India has a settled squad. Shoaib said neither India’s batting nor India’s bowling has been settled for the last two years. He emphasized that India still lacks clarity about their middle-order and choice of seamers.
- Shoaib Akhtar questions India’s settled squad
- India’s middle-order and choice of seamers uncertain
- Injuries and replacements contributing to an unsettled squad
Shoaib Akhtar criticizes India’s team selection
Akhtar said India made a big error by not picking leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh in their World Cup squad. He believes that under pressure, a left-handed seamer like Arshdeep is crucial. Shoaib expresses concerns about India’s batting lineup and believes that if the top five batsmen fail, the lower order will struggle to contribute.
- India criticized for not selecting Chahal and Arshdeep in the squad
- Under pressure, Arshdeep’s left-handed seamer could be beneficial
- India’s batting lineup lacks depth
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s performance key to India’s success
Shoaib Akhtar believes that captains Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will need to step up and perform to justify their reputation if India wants to succeed in the World Cup. He emphasizes the importance of experienced players taking command and not relying solely on young talents.
Shoaib Akhtar praises Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya
Shoaib Akhtar is full of praise for Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya. He commends Ishan Kishan for his amazing mindset and willingness to contribute to the team’s success. Shoaib sees Hardik Pandya as a great asset for India, drawing upon his IPL performances and leadership qualities alongside Ashish Nehra.
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