India PlayingXI vs England – IND ENG Semifinal LIVE: Indian coach Rahul Dravid has admitted that he will consider making changes to…
India PlayingXI vs England – IND ENG Semifinal LIVE: Indian coach Rahul Dravid has admitted that he will consider making changes to his XI for the semi-final against England. It seems Dravid is not too impressed with Axar Patel but despite failure Rishabh Pant is likely to keep his place. It can be the case that India bring in Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Axar in the XI: Follow ICC T20 World Cup 2022 & T20 World CUP Semifinal LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN
Likely changes in Indian Playing XI for Semifinal vs England
1) Rishabh Pant likely to retain his place, Dinesh Karthik to sit out
2) Axar Patel can be dropped for Yuzvendra Chahal
India PlayingXI vs England: Rahul Dravid indicates changes in Playing XI, Rishabh Pant to keep place but Axar Patel can be dropped: Follow IND ENG Semifinal LIVE
IND ENG Semifinal LIVE: India will travel to Adelaide to play Jos Buttler’s side on Thursday and Dravid said he will choose an XI for that match that he believes will suit the conditions.
That could mean a first appearance at the tournament for experienced leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, with the Adelaide Oval pitch generally one that suits the slower bowlers.
Dravid revealed he won’t make a call on his final XI until he has seen the pitch presented in Adelaide.
“I think we have a completely open mind about everyone in our 15,” Dravid said. “We believe anybody who comes into the 15 will not potentially make us weaker, the kind of squad we’ve picked.
“Again, we’ll have to go there and see. I watched some of the games (in Adelaide) today and I know the tracks were slow and they gripped and they turned a bit. We might be playing on a completely new strip in Adelaide. The strip we played with against Bangladesh, to be honest, did not spin. It was, again, a different kind of wicket, and it was played at Adelaide, as well.
“I think I can’t sit here now just after a game and predict what’s going to happen there.
“We’ll have a couple of days; we’ll go and have a look at that wicket and see what we think it might do.
“Of course, if it’s slow we’ll play according to those situations. If we think it might play differently, then we’ll have to put up a squad to match that.”
Is Dravid thinking to replace Axar? One area of small concern for Dravid is the form of Axar Patel. The all-rounder has just taken three wickets from four matches at the T20 World Cup so far and yet to contribute a score greater than seven with the bat.
Axar’s only over against Pakistan at the MCG was hit for 21 runs. He was even expensive against Zimbabwe on Sunday when allowing 40 runs from 3.2 overs.
Dravid said Axar’s form was a slight worry for his side.
“In a few games (it is a concern), but he’s had good games, as well,” Dravid noted.
“That is the nature of this tournament and this format.
“The nature of this format is such that you can get taken apart, especially on a day like today when they lost a lot of wickets there, nothing to lose, they could go after it, and he’s bowled well, as well.
“It can happen in this format. I’m not necessarily concerned. Yes, he would have liked to have had a better day than today, but having said that, he’s been someone who’s actually bowled really well for us over the last period of time.”
India’s semi-final against England is held at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, with the winner progressing to the final on Sunday against either New Zealand or Pakistan.
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