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India vs Australia 2022: T20 Series Predicted Playing 11 for Both

Rishabh Pant vs Dinesh Karthik, the focus point as we look at the strongest predicted playing 11 for Team India for the 2022 T20 series vs Australia.  

After a disappointing Asia Cup 2022 campaign, Team India would now be facing their two biggest T20 challenge ahead of T20 World Cup 2022. The first of the lot, the Australia T20 series offers a perfect dress rehearsal for T20 World Cup. Not only are Australia a potent team, but the package they can offer as a team, no other team can offer to Team India. 

The home T20 series vs Australia begins on September 20th and concludes on September 25th. Team India will be playing a total of 3 T20I matches in Mohali, Nagpur, and Indore respectively. This shall be followed by another 3-match T20 series vs South Africa.

With Team India’s official squad for the T20 Series vs Australia already announced, it would be interesting to see what playing 11 Team India adopt. So, in this article, we explore the strongest predicted playing 11 for Team India for the 2022 T20 Series vs Australia. Before that, let’s look at Team India’s official squad for the T20 Series.

India vs Australia 2022: Official T20 Series Squad for Team India: 

Batters: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav & Virat Kohli

Wks: Dinesh Karthik & Rishabh Pant

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya & Ravichandran Ashwin

Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami & Yuzvendra Chahal

Coach: Rahul Dravid // Captain: Rohit Sharma 

Team India’s Playing 11


The last match of Asia Cup 2022 saw Team India opening with a new pair in the form of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Both did exceptionally well together as Virat even registered his first T20I century. But with Rohit Sharma expected to play the whole series, we should be back to seeing Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as the first-choice openers of the playing 11.

The middle-order selection shall be an interesting one for Team India. While Virat Kohli at 3 and Suryakumar Yadav at 4 are sure shot starters, the same can’t be said about Rishabh Pant. Team India would mostly face a dilemma to play either Rishabh or Dinesh Karthik. Both can also play, but for that India would mostly need to play only five bowlers. 

The selection of Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik depends completely on the type of strategy they adopt. If India need an attacking left-hander in the top 5, Rishabh Pant is the only wicketkeeper option. However, if India need an attacking finisher at 6 or 7, Dinesh Karthik seems the best bet. But with Axar expected to play at 7, Pant should most-likely get the nod in the playing 11 first.


The selection of the bowlers seems a straightforward bet for the Indian team. With the return of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel to the squad, these two should definitely play from match 1 alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal. India would be delighted to see the pair of Bumrah and Harshal. They were badly missed in the Asia Cup 2022 as India were knocked out from the Super 4 stage.

India vs Australia 2022 – T20 Series Strongest Predicted Playing 11 for Team India: 

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah & Yuzvendra Chahal

For Australia, David Warner isn’t a part of the T20 squad vs India. Also, the latest update is that Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, and Marcus Stoinis have been ruled out of the T20 series due to injuries. So, the selection of the playing 11 will be key. With 3 key players ruled out, Tim David should most-likely make his debut for Australia. So, here’s the strongest predicted playing 11 for Australia.

India vs Australia 2022 – T20 Series Strongest Predicted Playing 11 for Australia: 

Aaron Finch (C), Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Tim David, Cameron Green, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood & Kane Richardson

So, that’s about the strongest predicted playing 11 for the 2022 India vs Australia T20 series. For India, the discussion for the first-choice playing 11 should mostly revolve around who among Rishabh Pant vs Dinesh Karthik gets to play from match 1. Apart from this slot, the rest of the playing 11 seems sorted for India.

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