Did Rohit, Hardik, Virat Deserve T20 WC Selection? These Numbers Answer

Pant, Dube, and Samson have been selected in the T20 WC 2024 squad on the back of their IPL 2024 numbers.

In just over a month’s time, India will hope to win the 2024 T20 World Cup and bring an end to their more than decade-long ICC trophy drought. They won the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007 but surprisingly have never won another since. On April 30, the Ajit Agarkar-led selection panel named India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 which is scheduled to be played in the USA and the West Indies in June.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Hardik Pandya (Vice Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

Reserves – Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan

Eight players from India’s T20 WC 2022 squad have again made the cut in this year’s selections. They are Rohit, Kohli, Suryakumar, Pant, Pandya, Axar, Chahal, and Arshdeep.

Bumrah was originally named in the squad for 2022 but was replaced by Mohammed Shami.

Will this year’s India squad go further than the Men in Blue’s semi-final finish in 2022? Let’s have a look at all the players’ form in the 20-over format in the last year.

Rohit Sharma (c)
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma will lead India in the T20 WC 2024. The right-handed batter didn’t play any T20I match in 2023 but was named captain for the T20I series against Afghanistan in early 2024.

After scoring consecutive ducks in the series, Rohit smashed an unbeaten 121 in the final T20I in Bangalore. He carried his supreme touch into IPL 2024 and scored 315 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 158.29.

Hardik Pandya (vc)
All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been in and out of India’s squad over the last one year due to injury concerns.

Pandya played five T20Is since IPL 2023, scoring only 77 runs at a sub-par strike rate of 110. He took four wickets in those matches at an economy of 8.40.

The Mumbai Indians skipper has had an ordinary IPL season in 2024 having managed to score only 197 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 150.38. He has also picked up six wickets with the ball so far.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Explosive opener Yashasvi Jaiswal made his T20I debut in August 2023 against West Indies and has smashed 502 runs in 16 innings at a strike rate of 161.93 since then.

After a few low scores in the first half of the IPL 2024, Jaiswal amassed a magnificent ton against Mumbai. Overall, the southpaw has scored 249 runs in nine matches in IPL 2024.

Virat Kohli
India’s star batter Virat Kohli has been the top scorer (1,141 runs) for India in T20 WCs. Since the forgettable exit from the T20 WC 2022 semis, Kohli has played only two T20Is and has managed to score 29 runs.

However, the former Indian skipper is currently the orange cap holder in the IPL 2024, having smashed 500 runs in 10 matches at an average of 71.43.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav, the No.1 T20I batter in the world, is the backbone of team India in the 20-over format. Since IPL 2023, the hard-hitter has smashed 466 T20I runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 158.

The Mumbai Indians batter has been on a bumpy ride in the ongoing IPL 2024, having scored only 176 runs in seven innings at an average of 25.14.

Rishabh Pant (wk)
Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant made a comeback to the IPL 2024 after surviving a serious car crash in December 2022.

Since his return, the southpaw has smashed 398 runs in 11 matches at a strike rate of 158.56.

Sanju Samson (wk)
Sanju Samson had a disappointing tour to the West Indies in 2023, where he could only manage 73 runs in five matches at an average of 24.3. This year, Samson played only one T20I where he was dismissed for a one-ball duck against Afghanistan.

The Rajasthan Royals’ skipper has however made the most out of IPL 2024 having scored 385 runs in nine matches at 161.08.

Shivam Dube
Explosive middle-order batter Shivam Dube has played only five T20Is since IPL 2023 and has smashed 171 runs in those matches at a strike rate of 152.7. Notably, Dube was named Player of the Series against Afghanistan where he scored 124 runs in three matches and took a couple of wickets as well.

The southpaw is currently one of the top run-scorers for Chennai in IPL 2024 with 350 runs in nine matches at 172.41.

Ravindra Jadeja
India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has played only two T20 internationals since IPL 2023 where he scored 23 runs and took only a couple of wickets.

Jadeja hasn’t had a great start either to IPL 2024 having managed to score 157 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 131.93. With the ball, he has taken five scalps this season.

Axar Patel
Spin-bowling all-rounder Axar Patel has been a regular starter in India’s T20I side. Axar has played 12 T20Is since IPL 2023, scoring 73 runs apart from taking 12 wickets.

In IPL 2024, Axar has taken nine wickets and also scored 149 runs in 11 matches for Delhi Capitals so far.

Kuldeep Yadav
Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has been an X-factor player for India in all formats since IPL 2023. In T20Is, the wrist-spinner has taken 13 wickets in seven innings at an economy of 6.68 since last year’s IPL.

Kuldeep has been one of the highest wicket-takers in the ongoing IPL 2024 with 12 wickets in eight matches.

Yuzvendra Chahal
India’s highest wicket-taker (96 wickets) in T20Is, Yuzvendra Chahal, has only played nine T20Is since the start of 2023. The wrist spinner has taken nine wickets in that period.

Chahal has been on a dream run this IPL season having picked 13 wickets in nine matches and forced his way into India’s T20 squad.

Arshdeep Singh
Young left-arm pacer, Arshdeep Singh, has delivered on many occasions with the ball for India. The fast bowler has scalped 21 T20I wickets in 18 innings at an economy of 8.97 since IPL 2023.

Arshdeep has also picked 12 wickets in nine matches for Punjab Kings in IPL 2024.

Jasprit Bumrah
India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has been on the sidelines due to several injury concerns over the last year. The fast bowler has taken four wickets in the only two T20I matches he’s played in since the start of 2023.

Bumrah is currently the purple cap holder in IPL 2024 with 14 wickets in 10 matches at an economy of 6.40.

Mohammed Siraj
Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj hasn’t been an integral part of India’s T20I schemes and has only played two T20Is since the start of 2023, taking one wicket in the process.

Leaking runs at an economy of 9.50, Siraj has taken only six wickets in nine IPL matches this year for Bengaluru.

Shubman Gill
India’s star opener Shubman Gill has played eight T20Is since IPL 2023 and has scored 133 runs at a strike rate of 126.7.

The orange cap holder in IPL 2023, Gill has scored 320 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 140.96 in IPL 2024.

Rinku Singh
Rinku Singh has been one of the most consistent performers for India since his debut. The southpaw has amassed 356 runs in 11 innings at an outstanding average of 89 and a strike rate of 176.23 since IPL 2023.

Striking at 150, Rinku has scored 123 runs in eight innings at 20.50 in IPL 2024.

Khaleel Ahmed
Left-arm fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed has been a surprise pick as a reserve player in India’s T20 WC 2024 squad. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023-24, Khaleel picked up eight wickets in five matches at an economy of 7.95 for Rajasthan.

For Delhi Capitals, Khaleel has scalped 12 wickets in 11 innings in IPL 2024.

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Avesh Khan
India fast bowler Avesh Khan has done well for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2024. He has picked nine wickets in as many matches at an economy of 9.54.

Avesh has taken six wickets in five matches for India since the start of 2023 and is one of the reserve pacers for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

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