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Similarities in India’s T20 World Cup squad from 2007 and 2024

Similarities in India’s T20 World Cup squad from 2007 and 2024

Can India's 2024 T20 team replicate the success of the legendary 2007 squad? Let's take a look at a few shocking similarities that may turn things around for India this time.

The inaugural T20 World Cup winners are once again gearing up for the T20 World Cup 2024. There is no question that the Indian team have faced struggles at ICC events. As since 2013, India has struggled to get their hands on the silverware. When it comes to the T20 World Cup, India have clinched the T20 World Cup trophy just once to date.

However, looking at the current 15-member squad, it seems like things can turn around, as it resembles the 2007 T20 India squad. Although it’s not fair to compare both squads. As every player has their own capabilities, but there is a few resemblance in the squad. Take a look at the three similarities which India have in their current T20 World Cup squad from the 2007 team.

2007 and 2024 India’s T20 World Cup Squad

2007 SquadAge2024 SquadAge
MS Dhoni (c)26y Rohit Sharma (c)37y
Gautam Gambhir25y Yashasvi Jaiswal22y 
Virender Sehwag28y Virat Kohli35y 
Robin Uthappa21y Sanju Samson29y 
Yuvraj Singh
(vc)
25y Rishabh Pant26y
Dinesh Karthik22y Suryakumar Yadav33y 
Rohit Sharma20y Hardik Pandya30y 
Piyush Chawla18y Shivam Dube30y 
Joginder Sharma23yRavindra Jadeja35y 
Yusuf Pathan23y Axar Patel30y 
Irfan Pathan24y Arshdeep Singh25y 
Ajit Agarkar22yJasprit Bumrah30y 
Harbhajan Singh29y Yuzvendra Chahal33y 
RP Singh27y Mohammed Siraj30y 
S.Sreesanth24y Kuldeep Yadav29y

What similarities can we find in both squads?

Fast bowling all-rounder options

Since it is impossible to find exact likenesses between both squads, as every player has their own capabilities, we can still identify a few similarities. In 2007, India had a few fast-bowling all-rounders, such as Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar, who performed wonders in the inaugural T20 World Cup. This year, we also have fast-bowling all-rounders like Shivam Dube and Hardik Pandya.

Strong spin attack like in 2007

Also, in that edition, India went with the full-spin options. Even this time, the Indian team has a similar approach, as the 2024 team has players like Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav, whose roles are going to be important in the USA and West Indies. Apart from this combination.

Numerous left-handed batting options

Speaking about batting in the last few editions, India was seen lacking left-handed batters. However, now things seem to be sorted out as the Men in Blue have many lefties on the team. Similar to the 2007 team, where they had left-handers in the top order like Gautam Gambhir. And the middle order was packed with players like Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan.

This time for the upcoming World Cup, we also have players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, and then Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. These players can provide India with a variety of batting combinations with this trait.

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