The Indian Men's team is set off for the next challenge in a completely new avatar. They are going to contest the limited-overs bilateral series against Sri Lanka starting July 13. Under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan, the ‘Men in Blue' will be on an expedition to analyze their bench strength ahead of the all-important T20 World Cup 2021.
The tour comprises three ODIs and three T20Is. The series against Sri Lanka will be a great opportunity for several players to stay in contention for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in October- November in UAE. It is just like blessings for the young players to showcase their potential and make a way into the India squad for the approaching Men's T20 World Cup 2021.
Let’s have a look at 5 players who could secure their berth in the T20 World Cup 2021 squad:
1. Suryakumar Yadav
The elegant right-handed batter, Suryakuma Yadav, who plays for the Mumbai Indians in IPL, has been the most consistent player in this format. His thrilling journey generated a buzz in the cricket fraternity. Surya has shown his immense potential that combines dependability and a counter-attack strategy.
In the last limited-overs series against England, he left a remarkable impression on the management with his brilliant performance. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Surya will bat at 3rd position and will get a perfect platform to prove his mettle as a dependable option even in the T20s. So, he might emerge as the biggest asset for India in T20 World Cup.
2. Sanju Samson
Not many players in India have been appreciated for their natural talent as possessed by Sanju Samson. The cricket fraternity and fans have too much expectation from him on the 2021 Sri Lanka tour. With limited opportunities that have come his way in the past, the Kerala batsman has failed to grab them with both hands.
So, Samson will look to come back to the national squad after delivering an incredible performance. His mesmerizing innings and resourceful approach to anchor the innings with patience and power-hitting will be crucial for India in the 2021 T20 World Cup. He can become the brightest jewel in the crown for the Indian team.
3. Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar is at the heart of Mumbai Indians' spin attack in the IPL. His impressive performance against England has already seen him throw the hat in the ring for a potential call-up in the India squad for the T20 World Cup 2021.
The leg spinner can spring life into the game with wickets in the middle-overs, something which has been an area of concern for India in the recent past. Boosted with considerable experience along with a plethora of variations, Chahar can form a perfect pair with Yuzvendra Chahal in the T20 WC 2021. As a result, it will be crucial for him to have an impressive outing in the upcoming games against Sri Lanka.
4. Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy has been known for his mystery spin for KKR in the IPL. However, his consistent fitness issue is the major obstacle and obstructed his career to make a big leap. Being tagged as the mystery spin bowler with the potential to take wickets with the new ball as well as in the middle overs can be a hidden treasure for the Indian team.
All eyes will be on Varun's performance during the Sri Lanka tour. Also, the 29 years old has an incredible opportunity to show his ability and secure a berth in the Indian World Cup T20 squad. Varun can fill the void in the spin attack and thus he will be one of the X- factors for the Indian team.
5. Navdeep Saini
Navdeep Saini, the emerging bowling talent will be a treat to watch in the Sri Lanka tour. His ability to deliver a lightning-fast bowl around 150 kph continuously makes him a shining star in T20 cricket. He has played for the national side and performed quite impressively. Saini can provide the thrust to Indian pace attacks that lack speed.
His performance during the Sri Lankan tour will a turning point in his career. If he performs well and surely management will look at his berth in the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup.