Finally, the Indian squad was announced for the T20 World Cup. Cricket fans may not have anticipated the surprise that will be seen in the squad announced on Wednesday. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been dropped from the squad announced by Team India for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Shikhar Dhawan and Krunal Pandya did not have a place in the team. After a long time, Ravichandran Ashwin is going to get a chance to play in a blue jersey again. And the biggest surprise is to add the legendary MS Dhoni to the team.
Ashwin, Shami in T20 Squad
The Indian cricket team’s T20 World Cup squad was even more amazing than expected. Many may not have thought that Ravichandran Ashwin, who last played limited-overs cricket for the country in July 2016, would be included in the squad.
Chief selector Chetan Sharma said that Ash has earned this place for himself by consistently performing well in the IPL.
In the same way, despite consistently performing well in the blue jersey, the fact that Yuzvendra Chahal should be dropped from the country’s T20 World Cup squad was beyond the imagination of cricket fans.
On the other hand, in the absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the country’s cricket experts thought that Shikhar Dhawan, who led Team India on Sri Lankan soil, would not be in the 15-man squad but would be on the list of standby cricketers. The BCCI has poured water on that idea.
Bhuvi, Suryakumar Yadav enter WC Squad
Fast bowler Bhuvneswar Kumar, who returned to the Indian team in the Sri Lanka series, has been included in the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup.
The national selectors have also proved wrong those who thought that Shreyas Iyer, who started preparing for the IPL after recovering from injury, would get a chance to board a flight to the United Arab Emirates. Shreyas has been kept on standby.
As expected, Washington did not get a place in India’s T20 World Cup squad after the IPL due to injury. Varun Chakraborty of KKR got the opportunity instead. Young Rahul Chahar has got a chance in the Indian team. Rishabh Panth, Ishan Kisan, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, and Suryakumar Yadav remained in the team as well-known faces.
Indian squad for the T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (co-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishav Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Varun Chakraborty, Ishan Kisan (wicketkeeper), Bhuvneswar Kumar.
Standby cricketers – Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
Indian Team in Group Stage
The Indian cricket team will play in Group Two of the upcoming T20 World Cup Super 12. Virat Kohli’s campaign is starting on September 24. Team India will play its first match against arch-enemy Pakistan. Virat Kohli will face New Zealand in their second match of the T20 World Cup on October 31.
Men in Blue will play the third and fourth matches of the group stage on November 3 and 5, respectively. India is scheduled to face Afghanistan in the third match.
MS Dhoni in Indian Squad as Mentor
Evidence that Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not finish in Team India was found again. On the same day, BCCI secretary Joy Shah made an announcement that Mahi is still relevant in the national cricket team. Mahir’s name has been announced as the mentor of the national team in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
It will be very important for Indian cricketers for the captain, who has won two World Cups (2007 T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup), to be with Team India’s dug-out men in blues in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup. Dhoni’s presence and his experience will act as a catalyst to enrich the Indian team.
The selection of Dhoni as a mentor is seen as a landmark step for the Indian team. Because of Mahir’s vast experience, his cold-headed decision-making ability will go a long way in helping captain Kohli move forward.