Team India’s performance in the T20 World Cup 2021 warm-up matches has been strong. After beating England in a one-sided manner, Team India also beat Australia in all the three departments of the game. The Indian team under the leadership of Virat Kohli has shown that it is fully prepared for this tournament. India will start their campaign in the World Cup against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24. Everyone’s eyes are fixed on this great match. Meanwhile, former India fast bowler Irfan Pathan has selected Team India’s playing XI for the high-voltage match against Pakistan.
Irfan has selected KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma as openers in his playing XI, while not including inform batsman Ishan Kishan in the team. The former fast bowler has placed captain Virat Kohli at number three. In the middle order, Pathan has kept Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant in his team. At the same time, as an all-rounder, Irfan has also included Ravindra Jadeja in the team along with Hardik Pandya, who is struggling with poor form. In fast bowlers, Irfan has liked the experience of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. On the other hand, in the spin department, Pathan has kept Varun Chakraborty in his playing XI, giving preference to Rahul Chahar.
The teams of India and Pakistan have played against each other 5 times in the T20 World Cup so far and five times Team India has tasted defeat to the neighboring country. Not only this, in the 50-over World Cup also the Indian team has beaten Pakistan 7 times. In the World Cup, Pakistan’s team has not been able to win from India till date and Virat would definitely like to maintain this record at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as well.
Irfan Pathan Playing XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakraborty.