The Indian T20 World Cup team was just released by the BCCI. The event will begin on October 17th and take place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. India hasn’t won an ICC tournament in a long time, thus the team will be under a lot of pressure. Meanwhile, there are a few surprises in the team that has been chosen.
The 15-man roster included a few unexpected choices and misses, as well as Ravichandran Ashwin’s return to white-ball cricket after a four-year absence. Many cricket fans and analysts were taken aback by the inclusion of Axar Patel, considering Ravindra Jadeja, a similar type of player, was already in the team.
On the other hand, several players may consider themselves unlucky to have missed the squad bus for the 2021 T20 World Cup.
1. Shikhar Dhawan
Dhawan’s absence from the T20 World Cup team is not only surprising but also upsetting, given that the experienced opener was named captain for the limited-overs leg of Sri Lanka in July. Dhawan has also been one of India’s finest batsmen in recent IPL tournaments. Despite this, the southpaw has been left out of India’s T20 World Cup team. Dhawan is a regular performer at ICC events, so it’s strange that the selectors overlooked him. Dhawan was a member of the 2016 T20 World Cup team and is presently the leading scorer in the IPL 2021 with 380 runs at a strike rate of 134.27 from eight matches.
2. Yuzvendra Chahal
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the most unfortunate player whose name did not appear on the team list. In recent years, the 31-year-old has performed particularly well in limited-overs settings. In 20-over cricket, he is also the top wicket-taker for India. Chahal has 63 wickets in 49 T20 Internationals for India, and he has the second-best bowling statistics of 6/25. In 2017, he scripted a match-winning moment against England. Chahal took seven wickets in four matches in Sri Lanka, in both formats, before missing the tournament because he was isolated along with several other players.
3. Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer, a middle-order batsman, was also left out of the national selection for the multi-nation competition. The Mumbai player has been out of action since suffering a shoulder injury during the home series against England. He had recovered from surgery, though, and had made himself accessible for the selection. His name is now on the list of three stand-by players for the T20 World Cup.
4. Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar is one of India’s top swing bowlers. He’s recognized for picking wickets in the powerplay, and his death bowling has lately improved. Deepak’s arsenal now includes some good batting abilities. He is not, however, a member of the final team. Moreover, during the recently ended limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, the Agra native demonstrated his value with the bat. He, like Iyer, is a reserve player for the T20 World Cup in 2021.
5. T Natarajan
Many regarded T Natarajan as the ideal T20I partner for Jasprit Bumrah after his performance for Team India last year. He did, however, suffer an injury, which appears to have contributed to his absence from the World Cup. India lacks variation in the pace area, and Natarajan’s left-arm angle may have provided it. The selectors, on the other hand, have chosen the veteran trio of Bumrah, Bhuvi, and Shami.