The T20 World Cup 2021 is all set to hit the floors in October-November. After the 2020 edition was postponed owing to the pandemic, ICC decided that the T20 World Cup 2021 will take place in Oman and UAE. After being able to host the IPL with good safety precautions, the UAE emerged as one of the top destinations to handle the T20 World Cup as well. As the top cricketing nations from around the world gear up for the event, the final T20 World Cup 2021 India squad is also out. All teams were expected to submit the final 15-man squad list by October 10.
A truncated 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed a few youngsters stepping up the mark for their teams in some of the most adverse situations. Young guns like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Avesh Khan, and Harshal Patel, were a few standout Indian performers during the tournament that came to an unfortunate end due to the pandemic. Ruturaj Gaikwad missed out on a place in the T20 World Cup 2021 India squad, but Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel have made it to the list of reserve players.
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In view of the deadly pandemic, the T20 World Cup 2021 will have a squad limit of 30 members including players and the support staff. This move allows some of the fringe T20 players to feature in the squad and also have an opportunity to get a game at one of the stages during the event. Based upon that, we take a look at the possible players who can form India's 23-man squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in India.
In view of the deadly pandemic, the T20 World Cup 2021 will have a squad limit of 30 members including players and the support staff. This move allows some of the fringe T20 players to feature in the squad and also have an opportunity to get a game at one of the stages during the event. After plenty of permutations and combinations, the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 India squad has been able to take shape with some surprises while most names met expectations.
Here's a look at India's possible squad for the T20 World Cup 2021:
Openers: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul
Middle-Order: Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav
The Indian cricket team currently boasts of a strong array of batters to choose from in their starting XI. The team management will have had headaches in leaving out good players like Shikhar Dhawan out of the squad. The current form of Rohit Sharma makes him one of the powerful hitters in the T20 World Cup 2021 India squad. He should be well complimented by Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. This would be the last assignment as captain for Virat Kohli, and this should end up bringing the best out of the superstar. India have clearly decided to play to the conditions and the squad is reflective of the same.
Wicket-Keeper: Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant
The wicket-keeper department of the Indian cricket team in the white-ball format looks formidable with some strong backup option. Rishabh Pant will be a front-runner to make his way into the playing XI. However, Ishan Kishan will be waiting in the wings to pounce upon every opportunity that comes their way. Each of the two players comes with a great T20 reputation as great hitters of the cricket ball. Without a doubt, India will have enough options in the T20 World Cup 2021 India squad to fall back upon in the wicket-keeping department going into the T20 World Cup 2021.
All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel (reserve)
All-rounders play a decisive role in the short-format game. It is because of their capacity to make a difference both with the bat and ball that they are highly valued in this format. Since the T20 World Cup 2021 India player list features potent all-rounders like Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, there should not be too many concerns. The fitness levels of Hardik Pandya will be the one thing to watch out for, as an inability to bowl more than three overs would leave India with a handicap in the T20 World Cup 2021 India player list.
Spinners: Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy
Fast Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
‘Men in Blue' is armed with strong artillery of bowlers who can wreak havoc in the minds of opposition teams. The fast bowling group – including the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Shami – have been brilliant in the past few years for the team. India will have great backup options in the pace department in form of Deepak Chahar.
The spin bowling department will be led by Rahul Chahar despite his performance in the latest IPL. However, there is a significant possibility that his current form might lead to Varun Chakravarthy or Ravichandran Ashwin getting the nod. Ashwin is coming back to the T20 world cup 2021 Indian team after four years. Therefore, India might use the mystery spin of Varun Chakravarthy to surprise a few oppositions in the tournament.
India's Full T20 World Cup 2021 India Squad List
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy, Ravichandran Ashwin,
Reserve Players: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, and Axar Patel