New Delhi. The BCCI has announced the team for the T20 World Cup 2021. One change was made to the already announced 15-man squad. In place of left-arm spin bowler Axar Patel, fast bowler Shardul Thakur has been given a place in the team. Akshar will now be with the team as a reserve player in place of Shardul. There are total 3 reserve players. Apart from this, 8 other players have also been added to the team for preparation. That is, apart from the 15-member team, 11 additional players will be with the team. Dhoni’s favorite player Deepak Chahar will also be with the team as a reserve player. The team has to play the first match against Pakistan on 24 October.
Apart from Deepak Chahar, there are Axar Patel and Shreyas Iyer as reserve players. Talking about the other 8 players, fast bowlers are Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Harshal Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Venkatesh Iyer, Karn Sharma, Shahbaz Ahmed and Krishnappa Gautam. Harshal Patel has taken 32 wickets in IPL 2021. Avesh Khan is at number two with 23 wickets. On the other hand, Jammu and Kashmir’s fast bowler Umran Malik bowls at a speed of more than 150 km per hour.
Shardul gets a chance due to Pandya’s fitness
Team India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya did not bowl in IPL 2021. Questions were being raised about his fitness. For this reason, Shardul Thakur has been added to the team. He also bats with fast bowling. He is part of CSK in the current IPL season. MS Dhoni is the captain of CSK and he has also been made the mentor of the team for the T20 World Cup. In such a situation, Shardul can be important for the team.