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T20 World Cup, IND vs PAK: Sanjay Manjrekar selects Varun Chakaravarthy over R Ashwin in his India play XI for Pakistan match

T20 World Cup: Sanjay Manjrekar did not select R Ashwin in his playing style.© Instagram

Before the start of the T20 World Cup in India, former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar shared his game XI for Virat Kohli’s side on the social media platform Koo. Team India take on Pakistan in a Super 12 match at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday and will hope for a victory. Manjrekar chose Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Varun Chakaravarthy over experienced Ravichandran Ashwin. The 56-year-old also selected Shardul Thakur at the expense of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and there was no place for Ishan Kishan in his team.

In addition to Chakaravarthy and Shardul, Manjrekar chose Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.

“Rohit Virat Rahul Surya Hardik Pant Jadeja Shardul Shami Bumrah Varun. My India play XI for tonight. #IndvPak # T20WORLDCUP”, Manjrekar posted.

Led by Kohli, India will strive to reach the knockout stages and win their second T20 world title after winning the first edition in 2007.


India will gain confidence in history before its inception as they have yet to lose a match against Pakistan in a World Cup match. They beat Pakistan seven out of seven times in the one-day matches and five out of five times in the T20 World Cup matches.

One of India’s most popular T20 format victories against Pakistan was in the 2007 final during the tournament when MS Dhoni’s team won by five runs.

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