India lifted the T20 World Cup in 2007 and since then the team has been looking for another title. It’s been 15 years and now Rohit Sharma is leading the team after the departure of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli in this tournament.
Former Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar has named a player that will play a pivotal role in India’s world cup journey. Former Cricketer feels that if India has to lift the T20 World Cup, all-rounder Axar Patel will be the X-factor for Rohit Sharma’s side in Australia.
Axar was roped in into the Indian T20 World Cup Squad in place of Ravindra Jadeja, the all-rounder who was ruled out due to Knee injury while playing in the Asia Cup 2022. The Delhi Capital all-rounder used all the opportunities he got in the past and booked his place in the team. He is not only a street-smart spinner but a clean striker of the ball as well. Before much-hyped India vs Pakistan clash at Melbourne Cricket ground, Sunil Gavaskar talked to India today and said,” I think he will be a crucial player in the squad. If they go in with 2 spinners, that will be Axar Patel and R Ashwin. 3 fast bowlers, and Hardik Pandya as the 6th bowling option. Axar, yes, he is a top fielder. He has this knack for getting wickets in any form of the game, be it Tests, ODIs, or T20Is. And as a batter, we have seen him in the West Indies, winning games for India.”
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He further explained,”I think he will be a key cog in the wheel of Rohit Sharma’s ambitions of lifting this trophy.”
India will take on Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.