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The Indian team will be looking to bounce back from their loss to South Africa in the Super 12 leg of the T20 World Cup 2022 when they face Bangladesh at the Adelaide Ring on Wednesday, November 2.

India are on the back of their first T20 World Cup loss, having fallen to South Africa by five wickets on Sunday. Nevertheless, they are in a good position to qualify for the semi-finals and will not be looking to shake things up too much before the commercial end of the tournament.

Here is India’s scheduled playing XI for the World Cup T20 Super 12 clash against Bangladesh.


Openers: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul

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India v Netherlands – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Head Coach Rahul Dravid came out and openly supported KL Rahul saying the team management is well aware of what he can do with his day. However, Rahul must pull himself together before it’s too late.

His opening partner Rohit Sharma is also not at his best. But India will be hoping their skipper will make another big contribution against Bangladesh.


Intermediate order: Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (wk)

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India v Netherlands – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli was fired by the Proteas, but Suryakumar Yadav was at his best. The in-form duo will look to continue in the same vein.

India came as a surprise in the draw against South Africa, deciding to field Deepak Hooda at the expense of Axar Patel. The all-rounder had a terrible outing in Perth as he pocketed a three-ball duck and didn’t play, but he could well retain his place in the side.

Bangladesh have four lefties in their top six. The Men in Blue may not even need a left-handed hitter, with the Tigers having no leg spinner and their only left arm spinner, Shakib Al Hasan, in poor form with the ball. India could always choose to bring Axar back and consolidate bowling, but keeping Hooda makes the most sense right now.

Dinesh Karthik hasn’t had a great T20 World Cup so far, and things went from bad to worse for him towards the end of India’s clash against South Africa as he left the field with a back problem. Dravid said a call will be taken on the veteran keeper on the morning of the Bangladesh clash. The fact that Karthik both kicked and kept wickets in the team’s last training session, and that Pant did neither, works in his favor.

If Karthik doesn’t shoot well, Rishabh Pant could make his first appearance of the tournament.


Versatile: Hardik Pandya

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India v Netherlands – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

If Karthik doesn’t arrive in the side, Hardik Pandya could be tasked with playing the finisher role. The versatile player is one of India’s most important players and will have fond memories of playing against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup.


Bowlers: Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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India v Netherlands – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Ravichandran Ashwin didn’t have a great outing against South Africa as he got the length wrong several times, and a lost hold didn’t help matters. The off-spinner should be kept given the composition of the Bangladesh squad, even though the Tigers are known to struggle with spinner legs.

Fellow bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Shami haven’t made a mistake so far. They will want another consistent performance.

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