New Delhi. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s successful “CSK template” is likely to continue, as the Indian team management on Sunday (October 31) decided to ‘do or die’ in the T20 World Cup 2021 (ICC T20 World Cup 2021). Against New Zealand (India vs New Zealand), he has made up his mind to play the same playing XI. The ‘blueprint for CSK’ in Indian cricket parlance is not tinkering with the side after a loss. For that matter, the team is not to be changed unless it is needed. The only disclaimer would be that there would be a change in the set-up only if someone is not fit to play on Sunday.
The poor performance against Pakistan has raised some serious questions about Team India’s composition, with mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s influence on the team playing against the Black Caps. This effectively rules out any possibility of Shardul Thakur replacing Hardik Pandya in the playing XI as no one feels comfortable betting on No.7 batsman Shardul. Happening. It is understood that all the decision makers in the Indian team’s set-up feel that No. 7 is too much for Shardul in the batting position.
The Mumbai player is a wicket-taker as far as his bowling is concerned but has a tendency to concede a lot of runs with an economy rate of 9 runs per over. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya has started bowling. It is understandable that everyone’s patience is running out about Hardik Pandya and now this player of Baroda will have to do better.
Hardik Pandya is fully aware that those who were informed that he will bowl are now watching closely what he does. Chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma had said that Hardik Pandya would bowl in the IPL, but the all-rounder put him in an embarrassing position. In such a situation, if he does not bowl a single over in the T20 World Cup 2021, then the position of the all-rounder becomes unstable in the team.
Shardul could still play, but if sources are to be believed, the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be retained against New Zealand, as his variations, if executed properly, are fantastic. Varun Chakravarthy is completely fit. Ravichandran Ashwin has very little chance of entry in the playing XI against New Zealand. Ashwin can prove to be dangerous for left-handed batsmen. It is still unclear whether skipper Virat Kohli is keen to tinker with his slow bowling combination.