Dubai. The Indian cricket team will face New Zealand (IND vs NZ) in the next match of the T20 World Cup-2021. Some veterans, including Sunil Gavaskar, are talking about a change in the playing XI for the Super-12 stage to be held in Dubai on October 31. However, in this ‘do or die’ match, India can play the same XI, that is, there is every possibility that there will be no change in the playing XI.
The Indian team had lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in their very first match of the T20 World Cup. It has been the habit of the current IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) not to change the team after a loss. The Indian team can also rely on the same XI that Pakistan defeated by 10 wickets in Dubai. CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) is associated with Team India as a mentor.
The poor performance against Pakistan has raised serious questions about the team composition but it is understood that Dhoni’s opinion will matter a lot in the team combination against New Zealand. This means that pacer Shardul Thakur is unlikely to be fielded in place of Hardik Pandya. Pandya has started bowling practice because he also knows that without it now it is not going to work.
Spinner Varun Chakraborty is likely to play when he is fully fit. Ravichandran Ashwin will have to be out again if skipper Virat Kohli doesn’t want to change the spin attack. Virat is landing at number-3, in such a situation, the landing of Suryakumar Yadav at number-4 and after him Rishabh Pant is believed to be fixed. There doesn’t seem to be any room for change in the pace attack.
India (Probable Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakraborty and Jasprit Bumrah