MSK Prasad, the former chief selector of the Indian cricket team, believes that Team India has included less than one fast bowler in the upcoming World Cup. The T20 World Cup will start from October 17 in the UAE and Oman. Virat Kohli-led Team India has included Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team as fast bowlers for this ICC tournament. Hardik Pandya has not bowled even an over in IPL 2021 and cannot bowl in T20 World Cup.
Prasad said in an interview to PTI, ‘This team is very good but I think there is one fast bowler in the team, because we will play most of the matches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, so maybe another fast bowler would have been good. He said that if we played more matches in Sharjah that was fine, but there should have been a faster bowler and more importantly, Hardik is not bowling. I think it is a matter of little concern.
India will begin their campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup with arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on October 24. Team India has been placed in Group 2. This includes teams from Pakistan, Afghanistan and New Zealand. Two other teams will also come in the group but they are to be selected on the basis of qualifier matches. Former India wicket-keeper batsman Prasad has backed Kohli’s decision to step down as captain of the T20 team after the T20 World Cup. He said that Virat has taken the pressure of captaincy across formats, which is clearly visible on his individual performance right now. So, I think this is the right decision.