Since the 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy win, India haven’t won a single world event in Cricket. Over the years, they have performed exceedingly well but, somehow, falter in the knockouts. The Men in Blue, however, had a horrendous outing in the 20-20 World Cup 2021. They were knocked out of the tournament in the league stage itself and failed the reach the knockouts.
One of the biggest reasons behind that the lack of quality finishers. The bulk of the runs in such perennial tournaments was made by the top-three batters. However, in crunch situations when India lose early wickets, the team crumbled to low scores. There is no denying that the Men in Blue crave for a dependable player in the lower middle-order, who can take the team out of trouble during the early collapses and also finish well if the team bat second.
The 20-20 World Cup 2022 in scheduled to be held this year in Australia and India would be keen to address that issue. In this article, we have picked three batsmen whom India should groom ahead of the 20-20 World Cup 2022.
- Shahrukh Khan
The 26-year-old batter has the muscle power to hit big sixes at will. Shahrukh Khan showcased his finishing abilities during his debut Indian T20 League season with Punjab last year. He batted at lower down the order and played some vital cameos for the team. Punjab trusted in his abilities and retain him ahead of the 2022 Mega-Auction. Given, how he has played in domestic tournaments, he certainly has the potential to become of the finest finishers for India.
The Punjab batter though hasn’t had a great season with the bat so far in the ongoing Indian T20 League. In 7 matches, he has only managed to score 98 runs at a dismal average of 16.33. He is expected to comeback stronger in the upcoming matches.
- Rahul Tewatia
If Gujarat is chasing a big target and Rahul Tewatia is still at the crease, then the team have every chance to snatch the victory from the jaws of defeat. In just two seasons, Rahul Tewatia has showcased outstanding finishing skills in the Indian T20 League.
He has helped the team win games from extremely dire situations. In 8 matches, he has helped Gujarat chase down big scores with ease twice in the competition. He is steadily becoming one of the best finishers in the shortest format of the game. Besides, he is pretty handy with the ball as well. If groomed well, Tewatia can be the finisher India need in the 20-20 World Cup 2022.
- Deepak Hooda
The 27-year-old is a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket. Impressive performances at domestic level also helped him make his India debut against West Indies on 6th February 2022. He has played 2 ODIs and 3 T20 internationals for India since. There is no denying that Hooda’s graph in the last couple of years has only moved upwards. He has made significant improvement in his game and could be the finisher that India are looking for the 20-20 World Cup 2022.