SWOT Analysis In Indian T20 World Cup Squad 2024

On 30th April 2024, the BCCI announced the 15-member squad of the Indian cricket team for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, starting on 1st June and the finals scheduled on 29th June.

Rohit Sharma has been appointed as Team India’s captain and Hardik Pandya as vice-captain. On the other hand, cricketers like Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, and Avesh Khan are included in the list of reserve players. Whereas, the veteran batter-wicketkeeper KL Rahul has been excluded from the squad.

Before delving deeper into the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of the Indian team for the upcoming grand tournament, you need to know the players included in the squad.

Indian Cricket Team 15-member squad for T20 World Cup 2024

Here is the 15-member squad of the Indian team for the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2024:

S.NoPlayerRoleBatting StyleBowling Style
1.Rohit Sharma (Captain)BatsmanRight-handedRight-arm off-break
2.Yashasvi JaiswalBatsmanLeft-handedRight-arm leg-break
3.Virat KohliBatsmanRight-handedRight-arm medium-fast
4.Shivam DubeBowling All-rounderLeft-handedRight-arm medium-fast
5.Hardik Pandya (vice-captain)Batting All-rounderRight-handedRight-arm medium-fast
6.Suryakumar YadavBatsmanRight-handedRight-arm off-break
7.Sanju SamsonBatsman / wicketkeeperRight-handedNA
8.Rishabh PantBatsman / wicketkeeperLeft-handedNA
9.Ravindra JadejaBowling All-rounderLeft-handedLeft-arm orthodox spin
10.Axar PatelBowling All-rounderLeft-handedLeft-arm orthodox spin
11.Kuldeep YadavBowlerLeft-handedLeft-arm wrist-spin
12.Yuzvendra ChahalBowlerRight-handedRight-arm leg-break
13.Jasprit BumrahBowlerRight-handedRight-arm fast
14.Mohammed SirajBowlerRight-handedRight-arm medium-fast
15.Arshdeep SinghBowlerLeft-handedLeft-arm medium-fast

NOTE: Here “NA” refers to “Not Applicable”

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SWOT Analysis of Team India for T20 World Cup 2024

Let’s scrutinize the SWOT Analysis of the Indian cricket team for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024:

1. Strengths:

India’s batting lineup will be a huge strength due to the presence of the leading run scorers in the T20 format namely Virat Kohli (4,037 runs) and Rohit Sharma (3,974 runs). Especially, the opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal can provide aggressive starts to Team India’s innings.

The fast bowling all-rounders such as Hardik Pandya and Shivam Dube as well as the spin bowling all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, add a new dimension to the squad. As a result, these four players can provide a huge depth in the batting and bowling department. 

Additionally, Suryakumar Yadav with his 360-degree batting approach allows him to instantly score runs and can adapt himself to batting in the upper middle (4th and 5th position) and lower middle order (6th to 8th position). 

Especially, there is the flexibility of adding a balanced combination of right and left-handed batters in the playing XI, which can help to disrupt the line and length of the opponent bowlers. It also avoids becoming predictable against the bowling side.

Both the wicketkeepers, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant can play a crucial role behind the stumps by dismissing a batter swiftly and have a clear idea of positioning the fielders accurately.

2. Weaknesses:

In the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season, Hardik Pandya, the Mumbai Indians skipper, has been in poor form by failing to contribute effectively with both bat and ball, after a long gap of six months due to injury. His presence in the squad as vice-captain

Except for Jasprit Bumrah, the pace bowling department of Team India remains a huge concern. This is because there isn’t any reliable fast bowler in the team. Most importantly, Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh could prove to be expensive in the powerplay and death overs, due to their inconsistent performance.

On the other side, the duo spin bowling all-rounders namely Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel haven’t been dominant in the IPL 2024 so far.

3. Opportunities:

Youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube have a perfect opportunity to showcase their power-hitting skills and fearless batting style in a grand tournament like the T20 World Cup. In the past few months, both these batters have performed well both at the Indian Premier League and international matches. Especially, Dube can smash huge sixes against the spinners and Yashasvi maintained an impressive strike rate above 161 in T20Is.

Also, it is an excellent chance for Rishabh Pant to make a comeback in the Indian cricket team after recovering from a terrible injury due to a severe car accident. At the same time, players like Sanju Samson and Yuzvendra Chahal have showcased their best form in IPL 2024 and aim to continue the same for the T20WC 2024.

4. Threats:

Team India hasn’t won any ICC trophy since the Champions Trophy in 2013. Earlier, India won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and ODI World Cup in 2011, that too under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Consequently, Rohit Sharma and his men will be under pressure to break the jinx. However, the desperation to win the T20 World Cup can immensely affect the player’s natural performance and restrict them from playing confidently against competitive teams.

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