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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022: Top Players to Miss the Flight to Australia

The much-awaited ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is just days away from its first game, and teams have already landed in Australia with their respective 16-man squads.

The likes of India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and hosts cum defending champions Australia will be keen to establish supremacy early in the competition.

However, these teams have certain big names who are part of the T20 extravaganza down under either due to injury or failing to make the cut to the final roster.

 

Jasprit Bumrah (India)

Jasprit Bumrah is perhaps the most notable bowler not to feature at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

The pacer, with 70 wickets in 60 T20Is, was out of the running to make it into India’s World Cup squad after suffering a fresh back injury. Bumrah’s injury was brought to light on the eve of the first India vs South Africa T20I in September.

As per reports, Jasprit Bumrah will be again on the sidelines, with his return likely to be in mid-November or early December.

Mohammed Shami, among the contenders to take Bumrah’s place in the main squad, was finalised as his replacement.

 

Ravindra Jadeja (India)

Besides Bumrah, India will lack the services of another proven match-winner in Ravindra Jadeja. The all-rounder, with a record of 457 runs and 51 wickets in T20I matches, suffered a serious ‘off-field’ knee injury during the Asia Cup which ruled him out of the remainder of the tournament and effectively the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Given his terrific record on the field, be it batting bowling or fielding, Jadeja’s absence is indeed a big setback in India’s quest for a second T20 World Cup title but they do have a like-for-like player in Hardik Pandya who could drive up the Men in Blue’s chances of victory.

 

Andre Russell (West Indies)

The very mention of Andre Russell means quickfire runs at his team’s disposal. But surprisingly, the all-rounder was ignored by the West Indian selectors for their T20 World Cup roster.

Russell, with 7,176 T20 runs, was not considered as the West Indies board were not convinced with his returns since the last World Cup in 2021. With just 117 runs in Caribbean Premier League 2022, his performance was not up to the set expectations of the CWI board according to chief selector Desmond Haynes and thus, they would turn to someone with form in the format.

 

Jonny Bairstow (England)

While England step into a new era of white-ball cricket, they will do so without a star player in Jonny Bairstow.

Bairstow broke his leg while walking to a tee box in a golf accident, which effectively ruled him out for the rest of the year. The 33-year-old is one of the seven England batters to amass over 1,000 runs in T20I cricket and his absence in the top order might hinder their hopes of registering confident starts with the bat.

 

Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)

South Africa, fourth on the team T20I rankings, will enter the T20 World Cup 2022 without the sheer firepower of Rassie van der Dussen.

The middle-order batter, who has amassed 502 runs for the Proteas since January 2021, failed to recover in time from a finger injury sustained during the second test against England in August.

 

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