New Delhi. On Wednesday, the BCCI again announced the team for the T20 World Cup 2021. A change has been made in this. Fast bowler Shardul Thakur has got a place in the 15-member team. At the same time, left-arm spinner Axar Patel has now been kept as a reserve player. Earlier he was part of a 15-member team. Looking at the overall T20 record, both Shardul and Axar have taken 142-142 wickets. But in view of the fitness of Hardik Pandya, a fast bowler was needed in the team. He did not bowl during IPL 2021. Due to this, fast bowler Shardul of MS Dhoni’s team CSK has got a chance to play the World Cup. Dhoni is also the mentor of the team in the World Cup.
Talk about IPL 2021, the team of CSK has reached the final. 29-year-old Maharashtra fast bowler Shardul Thakur has so far taken 18 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 27. Economy is of 8.75. His best performance is 3 wickets for 28 runs. At the same time, the team of Delhi Capitals lost in Qualifier-2. Axar Patel took 15 wickets at an average of 20 in 12 matches while playing for Delhi. Economy was 6.65. His best performance was 3 wickets for 21 runs.
Shardul takes a wicket every 18th ball
Talking about Shardul Thakur’s overall T20 record, he has taken 142 wickets in 121 matches. His strike rate is 17.60. That is, he takes one wicket every 18th ball. Not only this, he has also scored half-centuries in List A cricket, Test and First Class cricket. In such a situation, he can also bat in the lower order. On the other hand Axar Patel has taken 142 wickets in 164 T20 matches. His strike rate is 25. Here too, Shardul has an edge over the letter.
Team India for T20 World Cup
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Mohammed Shami.
Reserve players: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel
India’s T20 World Cup match
24 October: India vs Pakistan
31 October: India vs New Zealand
November 3: India vs Afghanistan
November 5: India vs B1
8 November: India vs A2